Ajman äjmän´ [key], sheikhdom (1995 pop. 118,812), c.100 sq mi (260 sq km), part of the federation of seven United Arab Emirates , SE Arabia, primarily on the Persian Gulf. The smallest member of the federation, Ajman consists principally of a town (1995 pop. 118,812) of the same name and two mountain villages. A former British protectorate, it joined the United Arab Emirates in 1971. Ajman has little industry or agriculture and depends heavily on aid from other Persian Gulf countries.
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