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Al Hamra Island in Ras Al Khaimah


Al Hamra Island (Red Island) in Ras Al Khaimah looks like a ghost town. This once inhabited island is now deserted.

Around the 1960s-1970s, the old town was largely deserted when the inhabitants moved out attracted by the prospect of better living conditions offered by the local government. People left behind their houses, mosques and shops, creating an undisturbed picture of life before the exploitation of oil. The village managed to survive almost intact until the 21st century and now it is the best preserved coastal town in the UAE. (via

You can read more about Al Hamra Island here.

I've never been to this place, but after I saw this video, I'm very keen to go with camera in tow.





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Reader Comments (1)

Always an interesting place to shoot. Been several times and plan on going again now the weather is great!

Some of myiAl Hamra village mages can be found at;

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBjorn Moerman

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