I have no idea why I thought this was a good idea. Perhaps I was completely intrigued by the urban legend that supernatural creatures, invisible to the human eyes, once took residence here. Either way, I was already 30 minutes into the trek and there was no turning back at this point.
In the Emirate of Sharjah, just outside a town named Al Madam, lies this abandoned village where decades of sand and wind has taken over the once populous village leaving behind nothing but the empty shell of homes – it’s literally a ghost town!
Once you enter the village, the eeriness is loud. Theres a strong feeling of uneasiness (at first) and the lingering whistle of the wind over the sand dunes will cause paranoia if you allow it. Just remind yourself that the vibrant city of Dubai is just 45 minutes away and this village isn’t real. The urban legend isn’t real… at least I secretly hoped it wasn’t.
Admire the identical rows of houses, appreciate the Mosque in the far right corner and put on your big boy pants and have some fun!
Know Before You Go:
- I’d recommend you get there as early as possible in the morning, especially if you’re going during the summer months (I went in July).
- If you do not have a 4X4 vehicle, you will have to park at the entrance and walk. It’s a LONG trek on foot. We arrived just before 6AM so the walk was bearable. On the way back, not so much. Thankfully we got a lift back to our car.
- It’s an abandoned village and a level of common sense will come in handy – bring water and have your phone fully charged.
- You can use Google maps once there to help navigate the sand dunes and ensure you’re walking in the right direction.
- Dress accordingly and do not wear flip flops like me :-).
Let me know if you’ve been and what your experience was like!