A visit to Ghost Town!

Read it, Heard it, But never seen it, Let's get out and take some good shots of an abandoned village known as Ghost Town and experience the Arab Culture and heritage of the 16th Century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Those images are shot by Micheal R. Cruz, Thanks for letting us use your photos for an inspirations to us.

More details about the location is on the link below
http://gulfheritage.me/emirates/ras_al_khaimah/jazirat_al_hamra.html

A Brief introduction:
Jazirat Al Hamra, or the Red Island, is one of the last authentic traditional town still standing in the UAE. Once a small island, but now a long and narrow peninsula that backs into the port and further along, its inhabitants subsisted on maritime and pearl trading. The area is believed to have been occupied since the 16th century but abandoned nearly 40 years ago before the discovery of oil and gas in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Ladies & gents, first of all, this is an abandoned village, there are lots of opportunities for HDR & long exposure shots inside the abandoned houses, so make sure to bring along a tripod.

The roads separating the houses are very narrow, & could work wonders with a wide angle lens. So, I would say bring along a lens in the range of 10-50mm.

The main attraction here is the old watch tower, however it has been barricaded with fences a year or two back. Shame! :( That said, it can still be used as a nice interesting background for your images.

FIRST MEET UP POINT! (A) (BE THERE AT 7:30am SHARP)
GPS Coordinates: 25.346203,55.474879

2ND MEET UP POINT! (B) (BE THERE AT 8:00am)
GPS Coordinates: 25.708933,55.797189

Follow the blue line for direction from 1st Meet up point.


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If you need a ride, let us know your location by commenting below & hopefully one of the members commuting by car would give you a lift. (I'll be driving off straight to Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road ( Formerly Emirates Road) from Motor City, but other members might be starting from Bur Dubai, Deira or Sharjah).

Let's make this a memorable, spooky & exciting event!

Jahan [masked])

 

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  • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

    It was great fun, thanks to Jahan for putting so much effort & thought in making it happen!

    April 20, 2013

    • Jason

      I agree... Jahan did a great job by suggesting and organising the event... Thank you Jahan

      April 21

  • Avijit

    Thanks for sharing the photos - feel inspired to go out and shoot this (with or without the clouds) at the earliest opportuniy - at sundown! However, I struggle with the context of the location - how do I show the Mid East connection of the Ghost Town in the photos - any thoughts?

    April 20, 2013

    • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

      To get the Middle East connection, you'll need to find a way to fit Burj Khalifa, a gold Ferrari & oil in your frame. :)

      April 20, 2013

  • Hanny Alshazly

    Hey guys,

    Thanks for sharing this and it looks like a well-organized trip. I couldn’t make it as I got called for an overseas trip at the last minute but would love to go once I’m back. I’m thinking of going on Friday May 3rd, is that something that can be organized by the group for those who missed it as I’m not familiar with the place and believe it’s always better to have others on such a trip. Let me know. Thanks, Hanny

    April 20, 2013

  • Eric

    It was a great photo shoot great job to the organizers hope there would be more activities like this.

    April 20, 2013

  • Nirmal Dhillon

    I love it...

    April 20, 2013

  • Stephen Lee Sun

    Great location!

    April 20, 2013

  • Jason

    Thank you all for coming...
    I hope you get some good sleep... it was a long tiring journey...
    Hope you all had fun...
    My apologies to anyone if i may have offended you...

    2 · April 19, 2013

    • Clint

      Hi Jas, thanks for organising this mornings trip. A long day but well worth the early rise and drive. :) Look forward to our next meetup.

      April 19, 2013

    • Chetan

      Was fun Jason! Enjoyed the experience. Well worth waking up (rather not sleeping)!!

      April 19, 2013

  • Nader Boctor

    It was quite great experience

    April 19, 2013

  • Jason

    5am team...All set... 2 30 am sharaf dg stn... 2 45 - 3 am at business bay stn n 3 45am at tasjeel before shj shooting club... I will b awake 1 45 am onwards feel free to call me if you need any assistance

    April 18, 2013

    • Shahid Khalil

      I'll be waiting at Eppco fuel station near Tasjeel... [masked])

      April 19, 2013

    • Kristin

      sorry Assaad. i did message you back. not sure why you didn't get it.

      April 19, 2013

  • Abdulwahed Alhimiary

    Jason I will be in your team . But the meeting point where.

    April 19, 2013

  • Jason

    5am team... I am at check point 1... sharaf dg station...

    April 19, 2013

  • Avijit

    I wish I could wake up so early er... at 3am - I wish could get pancakes and syrup at 5am - I wish it would not get hot by 8am and I wish that sweat wouldn't trickle down my neck by 9am - and I wish you all a great trip tomorrow......... !!

    3 · April 18, 2013

    • Jason

      I wish you sleep well and we do get all that u wished for... :)

      2 · April 19, 2013

  • imran

    I heard a few incidents about this place,...take care guys

    April 11, 2013

  • Jason

    Anyone who wants to go there early... leave your number here and state where you live... ?

    April 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am interested in joining you too. My number is [masked]. I live in Discovery Gardens. I will be driving my car. Please let me know where in DXB we're going to meet.

      April 18, 2013

    • Shellei Gaza

      [masked] shellei ill come with u

      April 18, 2013

  • Clint

    Morning all. Whats the final number for those Departing dubai at 330am for a nice sunrise shoot?

    April 18, 2013

    • Clint

      Great, Im in as well. Where can we meetup in dxb at 330 (or 315 if u like)?

      April 18, 2013

    • Jason

      Clint will you be driving? Where do you live?.:)... post your numbere here... or text your number to [masked]... I will call at 6 pm today

      April 18, 2013

  • Clara Ball

    Anyone going from the Jebel Ali end of town that I can catch a ride with. I only need a ride there and will stay in Rak, so please let me know.
    Thanks
    Clara

    April 18, 2013

  • Jason

    Finally I am in... and will leave as early as 3 30 am from al barsha to be there by 5 am...

    April 17, 2013

    • Chetan

      Jason, where can I catch up with you? Will leave from Mercato Mall and can meet you en route too...

      April 18, 2013

    • Assaad Mitri

      Jason if you want me to pass by Silicon and meet u in Al Barsha, let me know.

      April 18, 2013

  • Jason

    My Starting point... @ 2 30 am
    Al Barsha Near Sharaf DG station 2: 30 am

    Other meeting points... @3 45 am
    Petrol Pump before sharjah shooting club (Tasjeel)

    ETA Jazeera Al Hamra (Ghost town) 4:45 - 5:00 am

    April 18, 2013

  • prasad babu veera

    Guys... I am coming from Sharjah, near Ansar Mall. Who needs a lift can contact me on [masked].

    April 14, 2013

    • Nirmal Dhillon

      Hi Prasad, Please keep space for me - I am in Bur Dubai my cont. No. is [masked]. I will contact you.
      Thank you..

      April 15, 2013

    • Jeyaganesh

      Hi prasad i am not coming.

      April 18, 2013

  • Jason

    For those who would like to join the convoy to reach Jazira al Hamra at 8 am, contact Jahan.. [masked]) or Zaki on [masked])

    For those who would like to join me, to reach Jazira al Hamra before 5 am, call me on [masked].

    I will wake up by 2 am. I plan to collect everyone by 3 am and begin our journey from dubai at 3 30am. If you plan to join me, leave your number here or text it to me and expect a call from me at 6 pm today.

    April 18, 2013

    • Jason

      Both groups, plan everything early... Everyone who are driving please store Jahan, Zaki or My number on your phone. There will always be someone in the convoy who will not or cannot keep up with the convoy and this may cause the convoy to split. These contact numbers will come handy, incase the convoy is breaking up.

      Last but not the least, buy all that you need and keep in your car before you go to bed... dont plan last minute purchases at the meeting points, it will delay the convoy.

      1 · April 18, 2013

    • Jason

      While driving in a convoy, we are a team and we will not be racing with anyone... few safety rules to follow 1. Donot occupy the fast track unless really necessary... expect crazy speedsters heading to RAK after partying in the Dubai... To be safe, stay out of their way...

      2. Keep safe driving distance from the car ahead of you... No matter how good you feel you are at driving please keep in mind we will be driving at an odd hour, when we our reflexes are not at its best.

      Best of luck...

      1 · April 18, 2013

  • Shellei Gaza

    hi... sorii i think am lost wers the meeting point?

    April 18, 2013

    • JZ Aamir

      The 1st Meeting point has been added to the introduction above. The location is right after "Tasjeel Sharjah" on Sheikh mohammad bin zayed road. There's a patrol station right after that. Be there at 7:30 sharp.

      April 18, 2013

  • JZ Aamir

    Morning Everyone! R V Ready? ......Excited? ........Packed? Let's Goooo!

    The 1st Meet up point has been added to the Introduction. If anyone still don't know the location, They can call me or Zaki for directions.

    Jahan [masked])
    See you all tomorrow.

    Cheers and have fun!

    April 18, 2013

  • Kristin

    i am coming from DSO and have space or would prefer to catch a ride with someone close.

    April 13, 2013

    • Jason

      Kristin n lauren ve to confirm what time they r leaving

      April 18, 2013

    • Jason

      Mariya call me on [masked]...

      April 18, 2013

  • Mohammad Toufan

    Hi, i am in, i will be leaving around 6am from JLT and can take up to 3 people. tis

    April 17, 2013

  • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

    Guys, the first meeting point on as on Google Maps ... I'll be there waiting.
    https://maps.google.ae/maps?sadd...­

    April 17, 2013

    • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

      7:30AM sharp!! I will wait there for 15 mins before moving out to our destination. If you get there and don't find us, just keep heading towards Jazirat Al Hamra.

      April 17, 2013

  • JZ Aamir

    Dear fellow members,

    We've decided to have our 1st Meetup point to be "EMARAT/EPPCO PETROL STATION" which is right next to "TASJEEL SHARJAH" and before "SHARJAH SHOOTING CLUB" on Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road. Be there at 7:30am Sharp. As for the rest who can follow the map attached. We'll see you all at 8:00am at the location. Make sure to bring some snacks and beverages/water along with you, because you may not find anything nearby if you're planning to stay longer.

    Regards,
    Your Host.

    1 · April 14, 2013

    • Hanny Alshazly

      where exactly is this? Emirates Rd.? Thanks

      April 17, 2013

    • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

      Hanny, it's the Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road (formerly known as Emirates road). The petrol station he is referring to is the first one you pass by after Sharjah on Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road.

      April 17, 2013

  • ahmed rashed

    hi, I'm coming by myself and have space in my car, I stay at mirdiff area.

    April 13, 2013

  • Jason

    I am considering coming... but want to go really early... before sunrise... :)

    April 16, 2013

    • Assaad Mitri

      I am in

      April 16, 2013

    • Jason

      assaad you have my number, call me once you are back from Taiwan... :)

      April 17, 2013

  • Jason

    Will be going real early... and plan to be there before 5 am... and will leave al barsha at 3 30 am...

    April 17, 2013

  • Raju Swamy

    Sorry I will be busy with the concert in Abu Dhabi.

    April 15, 2013

    • Jason

      This is rubbing salt on wounded soul... :)

      April 16, 2013

  • Krt

    Since I'm only picking up my car on April 22nd, this time I'd still hoping someone will have a place in their car for me. I'm located in Old Town (part of Downtown).

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • Gulnara

      Hi Stephen, I live next to palm, if you have space in your car, can I and my friend join you? My mobile [masked]

      April 15, 2013

    • Stephen Lee Sun

      Perfect

      April 15, 2013

  • Eric

    Hi guys I am coming from Jumeira lake towers I have 2 space available if anyone is interested be leaving JLT by 6:00 a.m.

    April 15, 2013

  • Yasser Kassem

    Sorry guys I have morning shift, enjoy

    April 14, 2013

  • Gita

    Is there any one who picks me up from Motor city?

    April 14, 2013

    • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

      Yep! See my response to your original message below :)

      April 14, 2013

    • Gita

      I saw. thank u very much.

      April 14, 2013

  • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

    Guys, those driving to the event, please state your starting location. Members who need a lift could then approach you.
    I already stated that I'll be leaving from Motor City on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road ... approach me in case you still don't manage to find a lift by the 17th of April & I'll try to help out somehow :)

    April 12, 2013

    • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

      Gita! Sorry for the late response. Sure thing! Get in touch with me by 6:30 am :)

      1 · April 14, 2013

    • Gita

      Thanks a lot Zaki. when we'll leave M.C. ?

      April 14, 2013

  • Madhav Joshi

    I will be bringing my car, so in case if anyone needs a ride from Greens

    April 14, 2013

  • Chetan

    Guys, a request - since we are quite a few interested in going and most don't know the route, why not meet at a common starting point and then go together?
    I am starting from Jumeira 1, near Mercato Mall.

    April 13, 2013

    • ASHRAFKA

      can we meet all the vehicles in spot like Ajman Carrefour or just before the petrol station?

      April 14, 2013

  • Jeyaganesh

    i am from Sharjah, Can somebody pick me.

    April 14, 2013

  • Abdulwahed Alhimiary

    Hi all. I can't find the address from the map . Please update location

    April 13, 2013

  • Yasser Kassem

    Good idea Jahan
    But why not make it afternoon?
    Enjoy the sunset, get some star trails in the evening and finish by 10 or 11?

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • JZ Aamir

      We can do that, All we need is vote from other people to finalize the best time to shoot. :D

      April 11, 2013

    • Jason

      for star trails you have to be there really late in the night with no ambient light... Check the moon rise table before planning star trails... :)

      April 13, 2013

  • Faraj

    Guys could you please confirm the timing. I have plans in evening,

    April 13, 2013

    • JZ Aamir

      Considering not too many votes for the afternoon, the official time is mentioned above. some people like me might show up earlier then that.

      April 13, 2013

  • Karen Kean

    Would like to have attended but in Abu Dhabi seeing Metallica for the weekend.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Omar Alnasari

    Are there any place where i can pray there?

    April 11, 2013

    • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

      Yes, Omar ... there is a mosque in the vicinity

      April 11, 2013

    • Faraj

      What time we can be back at home

      April 13, 2013

  • Nirmal Dhillon

    I need lift from Bur Dubai. I 'm attending first time.

    April 12, 2013

  • JZ Aamir

    I'll be driving from Jumeirah Village Circle towards Sheikh Mohammad bin zayed road. I've a space for 4 people. Let me know if you live some place nearby or along they way to bin zayed road.

    April 12, 2013

  • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

    Again, if you still don't know how to get there:
    If you are driving on Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road towards RAK, you keep going down the road all the way to the end; where you will reach a T-junction ... right goes towards RAK & left goes towards the Ghost Town, Al Hamra Fort hotel & Resort and Al Hamra Port. So once you take left, after about 5km you pass the modern village of Jazirat Al Hamra, then turn to the right, there is also a sign: Al Jazirat Al Hamra. After 900m you will see the Al Jazeera Port sign, turn here to the right and then take a first turn left. After 400m enter the old village by turning left onto the dirt road and explore the village.

    April 12, 2013

  • Qadeer Ahmed (SAM)

    Why dont we guyz gather up somewhere like Rashidiya Station, and proceed as a convoy, as most of us are without a car or new to the location.. Guyz without a car can come up in Metro n meet up their...

    April 11, 2013

  • Shellei Gaza

    i dont know the location are we going convoy?

    April 11, 2013

  • Venz

    Guys who have space in their car? i want to join...

    April 11, 2013

  • Azher Saeed

    Hey guys, really looking to this. So do we meet up at one spot and leave as a group or do we just meet directly at the destination at 10am?

    April 11, 2013

    • JZ Aamir

      We'll be driving on "Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road". till the very end.

      April 11, 2013

    • Zaki-turina Qutteineh

      haha ... yeah, will take time to get used to that :)

      April 11, 2013

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