The Ghost Town of Ras Al Khaimah: Al Jazirat Al Hamra

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..

Person walking in the Ghost Town of Ras Al Khaimah: Al Jazirat Al Hamra

13 thoughts on “The Ghost Town of Ras Al Khaimah: Al Jazirat Al Hamra

  • June 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm
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    omg ..i went there i even saw two cats and i was about to go near them but my sis didnt let me..oh God

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  • October 1, 2014 at 11:34 am
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    i just want to know if still open to the public even holidays

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    • April 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm
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      Its always open.you can go anytime. i visited thr but cudnt find anything interesting except the houses looked haunted though.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm
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    any body can explain me… what is happening for ruin….

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  • January 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm
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    its open 24 hours ..
    carefull its dangerous if u go alone ..

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  • January 18, 2016 at 10:10 am
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    OMG..!! I am so unlucky.. Do U know Y..? Coz, really i couldn’t see/feel anything spooky, while i was there once…

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    • February 8, 2016 at 9:17 am
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      really? so mee too

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  • August 27, 2016 at 10:41 am
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    I went there yesterday and the setting was perfect!! Sun was almost down as it was just getting dark…. Peeped into few small rooms but didn’t feel strong enough to go deep inside… Though there was workers who lives hardly 100-200 meters away and two of them were strolling while talking on the ph. They said “koi mushkil nahi” “there is nothing to fear”

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  • August 27, 2016 at 10:43 am
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    Btw can anyone let me know how to enter al qasimi palace? Went there first (thanks to a recent article in one of the newspapers!!!) but we’re not allowed to enter. I have seen people uploading video on YouTube but I was not allowed! Is is because I’m a female or generally??

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  • October 15, 2016 at 1:23 pm
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    We went around 3:00 am, we found only those broken houses… No animals were around nothing in that entrance bachelors are staying…. Nothing to worry it was fun to visit…
    Only scary was our shadow as it was night time

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  • December 30, 2016 at 10:21 pm
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    Its hard to find, I got lost and came across it somehow… alone btw, 00:15 hrs, walked around till now, not spooky, I’d say peaceful, and very fresh breeze, don’t know why they have fenced some houses, with boards saying no photography… Anyone planning any trips to checkout haunted places etc, do comment.

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