Where to explore a deserted village in the UAE

Head to RAK for some stunning scenes

Where to explore a deserted village in the UAE

If the hustle and bustle of daily life gets a bit much, then there is a place you are guaranteed plenty of peace and quiet.

The abandoned pearling village of Jazirat Al Hamra, in Ras Al Khaimah, has remained almost unchanged since its inhabitants left in 1968, making it a permanent monument to a bygone era.

Populated constantly from the 16th century until just 40 years ago, forts, schools, mosques and many other buildings still stand in the area. After oil exploration began in the UAE, a mass exodus of an entire community took place, leaving it deserted.

While it is completely empty, the vilage’s atmospheric, almost end-of-the-world quality ensures its gets its fair share of visits from intrigued tourists. It even has a celebrity friend in the form of Brad Pitt, who flew down by helicopter to film scenes for War Machine, which was released on Netflix in 2017.


Between Al Hamra Village and Al Jazeera Port in Ras Al Khaimah.

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