Have you heard about the abandoned hamlet near Sharjah? The buried village in Al Madam is a cool place to explore if you are in the United Arab Emirates.
The settlement has two rows of houses, some painted blues, greens and yellows inside, some ornately decorated with mosaic and one has a wallpaper landscape on one wall. All of the ghostly-looking houses have been drowned in the dunes swept across the desert by the wind. There is mosque built at one end with a tattered green carpet where the inhabitants would once have prayed.
The ghostly village was built in the 70s and, according to the locals, it habited by the Kutbi tribe, one of the most-known in this area of Sharjah. They also say that it is haunted by the jinns, is this why they left? Who knows?
How to get to Al Madam
This eerie ghost town is on the E44 around 60km from Dubai and 50km from Sharjah. No public transport will take you there but a taxi would be a good option, just make sure you have data to access Al Madam on Google Maps in case your driver isn’t sure. There are some impressive dunes around there if you want to combine your day with some off-roading.