WHAT TO SEE AT AL MADAM GHOST TOWN
The abandoned village of Al Madam Ghost Town is made of 2 rows of houses and a mosque at the far end of the village. All houses have succumbed to the shifting sands and the harsh realities of desert life.
In some places, you can still see the decorative flooring and the wall painting, but in some rooms, the sand climbed so high you won’t be able to enter.
Some say it is spooky to visit this ghost town, personally I thought it was quite peaceful. Once inhabited by Al Kutbi tribe members, it is unclear why the town has been abandoned: some say it is a “jinn” (a supernatural creature in Islamic mythology) that drove people away, some say it is simply the harsh weather.
Al Madam Ghost Town wouldn’t make UAE’s must-see list, but it is still an interesting excursion to take if you have the time.
PS. The town is already pretty littered, so if you visit, please be mindful not to leave anything behind.
HOW TO GET TO AL MADAM GHOST TOWN
Located around 1h drive from Downtown Dubai, Al Madam is a small village in the emirate of Sharjah at the intersection of Dubai-Hatta (E44) and Mleiha-Shwaib (E55) roads.
The “ghost town” is an abandoned village is located just south of the main town of Al Madam. Accessing the village requires just a few hundred meters of light off-road driving that shouldn’t be a problem for most cars and drivers. If you have an SUV, there are nice dunes nearby which are ideal for dune bashing.
Click here to find the exact road to get there
WHEN TO VISIT AL MADAM GHOST TOWN
What is the best time to visit Dubai in general and Al Madam Ghost Town in particular? We visited at the beginning of March when the weather is Dubai is very pleasant (around 22 deg during the day). Yet, it felt surprisingly hot. I was wearing open sandals and the sand was burning my feet. You also need to go up and down some mini sand dunes to visit the different houses, and the effort will make you hot rapidly.
To enjoy your time there, I suggest visiting between October and March. If you decide to go later, I recommend wearing some closed shoes and a hat and bring some water as well.
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