Ghost Town

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.

HGL GT 1 Every door leads to darkness

^ Every door leads to darkness ^

HGL GT 2 Everything is Ghostly in Ghost Town

^ Everything reflects so Ghostly ^

HGL GT 3 Life n rubbles

^ Life in rubbles ^

HGL GT 4 Lost in transition

 ^ Lost in transition (look out those bite marks on the toe) ^

HGL GT 5 Left to rust

 ^Left to rust ^

 ….and a few more….

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8 thoughts on “Ghost Town

  1. You really got a ghastly-ghostly effect on your shots! Nice selection and compilation… Loved your narrative..very interesting, clear and filled with action/effect : )

  2. Pingback: In Ghost Town | Firasz Photography

  3. Beautiful brother, the way you connect things is simply stunning. I love the way you describe the cat thing and the way you relate each photos, there is definitely a flow in it. A regarding the captions which you give for each pics are interesting, Keep going brother..I like the shoe photo to the most.

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