It appears that few people know about Al Jazirat Al Hamra, literally in arabic “the red island”, the little deserted village south of Ras Al Khaimah. It’s the ancestral home of the Za’ab tribe who left Ras Al Khaimah following an ongoing dispute with the ruler and were given housing in Abu Dhabi by Sheikh Zayed.
Occupied by the Za’ab tribe, this coastal village was created in the 14th century on a peninsula. They were also called Hadhr, which is the local name for coastal Bedouins, whose livelihood depended mainly on pearling.
It is known in Arabic with another name, literally translates into Ghost Town. People say if you go there, you’re bound to see some spooky: usually jinns (also djinn or genies, Arabic: الجن al-jinn) in the form of some animal (maybe a goat or large cats); the jinn are spiritual creatures in Islam and Arabic folklore. They are mentioned in the Qur’an and other Islamic texts and inhabit an unseen world in dimensions beyond the visible universe of humans. Together, the jinn, humans and angels make up the three sapient creations of God.
Jazirat Al Hamra is plenty of style coral and adobe houses with their rooms all leading off a central courtyard, often with a henna tree at its centre. Corals and sea shells were incorporated with stone and mud to create the walls of the oldest buildings; most of the houses were built from coral rag, the roofs were constructed from palm trunks. The younger building were built from bricks of crushed coral. You could still find ledgers with grocery entries and three figure telephone numbers, bric a brac and old electrical fittings in the houses, many of which were already descending slowly into ruin. There’s an old mosque there, too, its minaret a dumpy little thing in which the muezzin would stand and sing out above the rooftops – but only just, it’s not very high.
This town is so famous for being haunted that different people have different stories to tell and also photographers use to frequent this place. The team of DubaiBlog went also there with Massimo Ziino, photographer and one of our contributor. No ghost seen, event though at one moment I had chance to see an animal moving among the ruins: I was very far. It was completely white, bright white. It seems to be a cat from the way of moving, but very big considering the distance.
We stayed there up to sunset, and me and Massimo gave us chance to lost each other (just to make this day more exciting) without mobiles. But after some time we met close to our car. Next step could be: to stay overnight there..