Visiting an abandoned village in the desert

It’s not often that I get time to explore the country I live in, the UAE, and even when I do, I usually visit restaurants or attractions within the city. However, this week when I had a few days off school I knew I had to spend them exploring something out in the desert.

I had read about the ‘ghost village’ or ‘abandoned town’ in Al Madam and I was curious to see it myself. So my family and I got in the car, drove up to Sharjah, and decided to search for this ghost village.

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As someone living within the UAE, I see sand every day; In fact, on my morning drive to school, I pass expansive areas of sand dunes. But this was different. We drove to a part of the desert I’ve never seen before, the sand dunes were red and smooth, and they stretched so far that I could not see what lay beyond them.

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We pulled out our trusty Google Maps and attempted to find out where this village was. (if you ever want to visit, just search ‘Al Madam Ghost City, Sharjah’) We drove deeper into the depths of the desert, passing lots of camels and quite a few goats! Eventually, what remains of the village, the green mosque and the simple houses all covered with sand, came into sight. It looked so peaceful and untouched that I almost didn’t want to go any further.

I spent some time looking around and taking photos; I just think this was such an interesting discovery and I’ll probably never see something like this again!

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It was definitely a unique day spent in the UAE and if you ever in need of something new and exciting to do, I would recommend a trip there! Here’s an article with more details about the town. Would you ever consider visiting a ghost town? Let me know in the comments!

See you next week,

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