Watch: Head to the Buried Village for a spooky day at Al Madam, Sharjah
The village consists of two rows of whitewashed houses and a mosque among the surrounding sand dunes. Upon entering the village, you can immediately see that the desert has taken over the village. Most buildings have sand on and in them.
The quiet desert, abandoned buildings, and half-covered village are scary enough to give you goosebumps during your stay. People who visit report feeling instantly bewildered by the silence that reigns in the area. After the hustle and bustle of the city, the silence is almost eerie, visitors report. But how did the city end up like this?
Local myths claim either the jinns (supernatural creatures that Muslims believe exist in this world but are not visible to human eyes; the creatures are also mentioned in the Quran) or the inhospitable desert, or a combination of both.
The village, according to locals, was once inhabited by the Al Kutbi tribe, one of three prominent tribes residing in and around Al Madam, a small town ruled by the emirate of Sharjah.
The village would have been built in the 70s as part of a real estate project. However, it is assumed, based on the accounts of some locals reported later, that the town was abandoned because
When Gulf News first visited the now popular village, young people from nearby Al Shuwaib were also unsure of the reasons for the abandonment.
“The sand here is really inhospitable. What we know from our elders is that this place was built for Al Kutbi tribe but they abandoned it after living here for some time. People say there’s something in the sand here, it invades the houses. Whether it’s the nature of the sand or something more, we don’t know,” Al Shuwaib resident Ayub Al Kaabi told Gulf News at the time.
Despite all this, the village remains a great attraction to visit if you are in the United Arab Emirates.
If you don’t already have a 4×4, we suggest hiring one for your party as you head into the village as the last part of the journey is through the desert. From Dubai International Airport (DXB), it will take about an hour’s drive to reach the village on the E44 (Dubai-Hatta road). And you don’t have to pay anything to visit, just the cost of transportation to get there.