Spooks and terrors are great ways to entertain people. But with the lack of genuinely scary movies, the only way to get a good scare with an additional burst of adrenaline is to visit places that are actually haunted.
Well, you don’t have to break the bank to travel to the places on this list; they’re all here in the UAE! Here are the top 7 most haunted places in the UAE:
1. Al Jazirah Al Hamra
Located to the south of Ras Al Khaimah, it is a place widely known locally to be haunted by ‘jinn’s’. Originally inhabited by 3 tribes, what stands now is just a hollow shell of what it used to be. Known as the ‘Red Island’ for the sand it is built on, Al Hamra shows us how scared we all truly are, especially in the night!
2. Al Qasimi Palace
Have you ever been scared of the thought of children and horror movies? Well, if you do that’s one thing you and I have in common. Maybe that’s why the thought of visiting this palace, also located in Ras Al Khaimah terrifies me since its known that one can see the faces of children standing, staring at you at the windows of this palace not to mention the fact that the furniture has mysteriously gone ‘missing’ ever since it was abandoned more than 20 years ago.
3. Pan Emirates & The Tunnel
This is an especially spooky place because of the ambiance it gives off to those in this tunnel. People have reported feeling as though someone was standing right beside them when no one was really around when passing through the tunnel. Not to mention, the neighboring building on the same road is built right in front of an old cemetery and just adds to the overall creepiness.
This tunnel leads to the airport road in the United Arab Emirates.
4. Jumeirah 1
Located deep in the heart of Jumeirah 1, this seven-bedroom hotspot of paranormal activity is home to a group of Filipinos who claim to have experienced visitations for over a year now. Most unusual, perhaps, is Lora’s encounters with a male “spirit”.
Lora’s spooky story began in November 2011 when she was awakened at 3am. “I felt an intense pressure all over my body, as though there was a person sleeping on top of me. I tried to sit up, but couldn’t move anything besides my fingers and toes. On the curtains I could see a dark shadow atop me,” she says.
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5. Jumeirah 2
The Building-4 housing in Jumeirah, which was owned by Filipinos, is known to have literally driven its residents out of it. Witnesses’ have reported hearing the groans of a man, the cries of a baby and whole other load of paranormal activities, enough to make locals scared of even passing by, claiming that souls can easily be possessed there.
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Legend has it that Jumeirah was once a graveyard, approximately 100 years ago, connecting trade route to Iraq, and now in modern Dubai, spirit(s) from the past linger on. [source]
6. Al Dhaid Road
A sales manager Namit Vyas, stooped by the Interchange 9 on Sharjah’s Al Dhaid Road to click a picture of his wife and daughter. But when he viewed the picture, he was shocked to no end. The picture revealed a shadowy, ghost-like figure with outstretched arms standing just next to his wife and daughter. The picture, once posted immediately went viral, and while a few were scared to no end, others were skeptical and questioned its authenticity, indicating that the picture was probably photoshopped. But to their amazement, photography experts confirmed that the ‘unknown’ being in the image was not photoshopped.
7. Al Khail gate in Dubai
Building number 33 in Al Khail Gate, Dubai, might present one of the latest ghostly activity from UAE as this building was only completed in early 2011 and its first tenants were three unfortunate workers of a food chain.
The residents of this building vacated out of it in just 6 days after they started noticing things like cellphones, combs, etc started disappearing every night and were founded at other tenants place!! After that fiasco, no one has dared to move in ever since. Witnesses have reported moans and cries, and locals believe activity is extremely rampant at night, so beware folks, or you may be possessed by these ‘spirits’!
Written and Researched by Nikita Jacob