It’s a new year so why not visit new places instead of the same tourist attractions. The UAE has lots to offer. There are lots of places to explore around the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates and you are sure to be entertained. In today’s post I share 3 places you have to visit to learn more about the UAE. Before we get into it, I just want to say that I just created a blog YouTube channel so make sure to subscribe here.
RAS AL KHAIMAH: AL QASIMI PALACE
Al Qasr Al Gamedh, (Al Qasimi Palace) was closed a year ago in April 2020 for huge renovations but I really wanted to include it, I’m sorry! The Al Qasimi palace in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) has a huge reputation for being a scary place. But, with a very good reason (the place is haunted, I am not lying!). Built by the late Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Qasimi in 1985 for a reported 500,00 Dirhams the place has fell into huge disrepair for being unoccupied for years upon years. The inhabitants of the palace abandoned it in ONE NIGHT more than 20 years ago because they were being tormented by mischievous occurrences (and I mean mischievous) such as faces appearing at the windows and furniture being thrown around. Some people are claiming that they have seen faces of children peeking through the windows. (The watchmen said that they heard children laughing!) Some people say that the watchmen behave like ghosts…
ABU DHABI: QASR AL WATAN
Qasr Al Watan, translated into English as the “The Palace of the Nation” is the presidential palace of Abu Dhabi. Here, the Federal Supreme Council and the UAE Cabinet meet. The palace was open to the public by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates) and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces) in 2019. The palace was open to the public on the 11th March 2019 in a ceremony hosted by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE as well as the Emir of the Emirate of Dubai).
The visitors of the palace can learn more about governance and formation of the UAE in the West wing. The Western wings has halls used for official purposes. There is a room called the “The Spirit of Collaboration” where the meetings of the UAE cabinet and Federal Supreme Council would be hosted as well as summits like the Arab League, Organisation of Islamic Conference and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The library has a boundless selection of historical resources and books. The East wing has the “House of Knowledge) where a number of artefacts and objects of great importance are stored.
RAS AL KHAIMAH – AL JAZIRA AL HAMRA
Al Jazirah Al Hamra is the last authentic town in the nation. Built by three local tribes and ruled by the Al Zaab tribe in the 14th century, Al Jazirah Al Hamra was originally inhabited by around two hundred fishermen and pearl divers but in the 20th century its inhabitants grew more. It’s name translated into English it means “The Red Land”. Then something happened and all the inhabitants left, some say because of supernatural forces and others say they moved for a better life. Today, it is known as The Ghost Town. Furniture is still left behind, abandoned and it is literally empty. Rumour has it that it is haunted by the jinns and some people say they hear disembodied voices and strange noises near the beach of the village. The Emirati’s recite a plethora of scary stories that the jinns have encountered the village including tons of stories about people who have very sadly encountered them and then gradually over time became insane. They even keep their distance from this haunted village even in the daylight. Some visitors have witnessed paranormal things and have seen handprints on the ruined pillars and walls…
HAVE YOU BEEN TO THESE PLACES BEFORE? ARE YOU SCARED ABOUT THE AL QASIMI PALACE OR AL JAZIRAH AL HAMRA? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU ALL IN THE COMMENTS… THANKS FOR READING.
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