Jazirat Al Hamra, or the Red Island in Ras Al Khaimah is one of the last authentic traditional town still standing in the UAE
It is also known as the ‘ghost town’ because of abandoned old houses and deserted narrow streets. Once occupied by the Za’ab tribe, this coastal village was created in the 14th century. The villagers mostly subsisting on coastal fishery and pearl diving. Its prosperity had declined since the pearling crisis of the 1920s and 1930s, when the Japanese developed pearl cultivation and threw many of the Arabian Gulf’s traditional pearl divers out of business. the village was abandoned in the late 1960s.
I decided to visit this place along with 4 of my best & photographic enthusiastic friends. We reached there early morning around 4 am (although our targeted time was 3 am), the place seemed incredibly haunted and spine thrilling as the narrow walk ways to the darkness was very clean and inviting. A burned smell mixed with dust added more to the drama in and around. Believe it or not as a bonus point we saw a black cat looking at us through a shattered window and by the time I picked up my machine, the cat slowly slip down out of that window and walked in to the darkness, as if guiding or inviting us to the town. What more a group of 4 Ghost raiders need to get in to a town like that, every nuke and corner we discover forced us to explore more in the dark. It’s the time we hated lights. Don’t attempt to explore this area in night unless you are quite sure that you are made for it.
^ Every door leads to darkness ^
^ Everything reflects so Ghostly ^
^ Life in rubbles ^
^ Lost in transition (look out those bite marks on the toe) ^
^Left to rust ^
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