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Are you a big fan of horror flicks? A visit to Al Qasimi Palace in Ras Al Khaimah can give you the same white-knuckle experience! The stunning work of architecture was built in 1985 by the late His Highness Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Qasimi, a member of the Sharjah ruling family Al Qasimi. However, that’s not the real reason for its widespread popularity. After being unoccupied for many years, there have been rumours that the palace is ‘haunted’! And captivated by the scary stories, tourists and residents flock to this mysterious palace .
If you’re up for an adventure, here’s everything you need to know before visiting Ras Al Khaimah’s ‘Haunted’ Palace, including entrance fee, timings and location.
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Reportedly worth around AED 500M, the palace is a four-storey structure that reflects the same magnificence and beauty that is typical of Arab culture.
After the palace fell into disrepair, rumours spread that the inhabitants left the place due to certain “mysterious” occurrences. Later, the grandeur of Al Qasimi Palace in Ras Al Khaimah and the mystery surrounding the house turned it into a must-visit attraction of the emirate frequented by adventure seekers.
In December 2019, it was announced that the house would be open to the public for a limited time before closing for renovation. The palace is among the spookiest and abandoned places in the UAE .
Step inside Al Qasimi Palace, and you’ll be in awe of the spectacular artefacts and paintings that adorn the 35 rooms of the house. The four-storey structure is designed with glass chandeliers and marble floors, mixing Islamic, Moroccan and Persian influences.
Al Qasimi Palace RAK Tickets and Timings
Take a look at the ticket prices below. Note that the tickets can be purchased at the gate of the palace.
- Individual tickets: AED 75 (per person)
- Group tickets: AED 50 (per person)
The ‘Haunted’ Palace of Ras Al Khaimah is open Sunday to Thursday from 09:00 am – 07:00 pm.
The palace is located along Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Road, Al Dhait North, just one hour and seven minutes away from the tallest mountain Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah.
No matter where you live in the UAE, you can easily reach the palace, Ras Al Khaimah. Look at the directions below from different emirates.
If you plan to visit the palace, take the Al Manama – Ras Al Khaimah Road (E18). The road will connect with Sheikh Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Road, where the palace is located.
Dubai residents can also pay a visit to this spooky site in Ras Al Khaimah. If you are coming from Dubai, get on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) and continue to Al Riffa. Now take Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Rd and follow to your destination.
From Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi residents can get on Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan St (E10) and follow the road to Al Riffa. Once you reach Al Riffa, take Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Road to your destination.
FAQS ABOUT AL QASIMI PALACE
Is photography allowed in al qasimi palace.
Before visiting Al Qasimi Palace in Ras Al Khaimah, please note that photography is not allowed. Please also ensure that you don’t touch any paintings, artefacts or props while in the palace.
IS THERE ANY OTHER ATTRACTION NEAR THE PALACE?
After visiting the palace, you can also travel to Al Jazirah Al Hamra . This deserted pearling village offers a glimpse into the history of Ras Al Khaimah.
WHAT ARE THE CONTACT DETAILS FOR AL QASIMI PALACE?
You can contact the palace at +971-52-828-2222 .
And that’s a wrap to our post about Al Qasimi Palace. There are so many other things to do in Ras Al Khaimah , making this the perfect destination for a weekend getaway for visitors of all ages. These include mountains, beaches, museums, forts and much more. There are many kids activities in Ras Al Khaimah also, to ensure some fantastic adventures for the little ones!
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'Haunted' Al Qasimi palace in Ras Al Khaimah now open to the public
Visitors can explore the mysterious attraction until april 2020.
It’s long been a source of mystery and intrigue and now thrill-seekers will get a chance to explore Al Qasimi palace in Ras Al Khaimah for themselves.
The exquisite building was built by the late Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Qasimi in 1985 for a reported cost of Dh500 million but has since fallen into disrepair. Having been unoccupied for years, the ruins have long since been considered “haunted” by many.
Rumour has it that the manor was abandoned after its inhabitants faced "mysterious" occurrences like furniture moving of its own accord. Adding to the mystery of the place, over the years, some claimed to have seen the faces of children peeping out of its windows.
The palace has recently announced that it will be open to the public from 9am to 7pm on weekdays and weekends, making it one of the newest attractions in Ras Al Khaimah. Tickets cost Dh75 per person but families and groups will be charged Dh50 per person. Photography will not be allowed within and the attraction is not taking reservations. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Residents, who dare, will get a chance to explore the four-storey palace and take in its architectural beauty. There are 35 rooms, featuring unique chandeliers, marble pathways, statues and animal murals.
The attraction is only open until April next year, after which it will be closed for renovation.
Tickets are available at the gate, daily from 9am-7pm; Dh75 per person; Al Qassimi palace, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Rd, Ras Al Khaimah
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The Mysterious Haunted Palace In Ras Al Khaimah Is Now Open To All For A Limited Time
By Simrin Gupta
Ohhkaaaay, it was cool to say you’re down for a trip to the haunted sites around Ras Al Khaimah… but now you’ll actually HAVE to go through with the plan with your friends, no excuses because the haunted Al Qasimi palace is now legit open to the public.
The notorious palace in RAK was built by the late Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Qasimi for the cost of AED500 million but was soon abandoned due to mysterious occurrences taking place throughout the palace. Al Qasimi palace was built on a high plateau with a panoramic view of RAK, consisting of four floors, 35 rooms, arabesque glass chandeliers, an indoor pyramid and royal furnishings.
The palace gained its ‘haunted’ status amongst the locals because the royal family occupying the palace at the time literally vacated the million-dollar mansion in just ONE NIGHT after experiencing strange paranormal happenings.
Rumours suggest that the royal family inhabiting the palace moved out after experiencing strange occurrences such as furniture moving of its place
Many locals even reported seeing faces of children peeping out of the windows of the eery yet alluring palace.
The Al Qassimi palace is only open to the public to visit until April 2020 at the cost of AED75 per person and AED50 per person for families and groups
Tickets to visit the four-storey palace with 35 rooms and stunning architectural work can be purchased at the gate. Photography, however, is not permitted at the attraction, so it’ll just be you and the several spirits that have taken over the palace… no biggie.
ALSO, just 20-minutes away from the palace is another notoriously haunted location in RAK called, Al Jazirah Al Hamra – famously known as the Haunted Village or ‘ghost town’, because of its spooky deserted buildings and decade-old abandoned cars.
Tickets are available at Al Qassimi palace’s gates, daily from 9am-7pm (weekends and weekdays).
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Revealed: UAE’s most ‘haunted’ places
It’s Halloween, but if you believe the stories surrounding these places, you will be spooked
RAK ghost town Jazirat Al Hamra
The road leading to this ancient Ras Al Khaimah fishing village – once said to be home to three indigenous tribes but now abandoned – is extraordinarily quiet. So much so that if you believe all the stories and legends surrounding Jazirat Al Hamra, you might struggle to visit it even in day light. Any sighting escaped XPRESS during a recent dusk time visit but ask the locals and they will have plenty to keep you awake for a night.
Palace of nightmares Al Qasimi Palace, RAK
Built reportedly at a cost of Dh500 million over 25 years ago, Al Qasimi Palace, say locals, has remained uninhabited but for just one night. Rumours have it that strange happenings occurred in the palace on the first day after people moved in, ultimately driving them away.
Apparently one can see faces of little children peeping through the windows in the night who sometimes even cry out to people.
Thankfully XPRESS survived a visit to the palace in July, 2010. Dusty chandeliers, brightly coloured wall murals, mosaics of women, birds and rivers, however, do impart an eerie charm to the place, if you are brave enough to go see it.
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From cries of a baby to the moans of a man – occupants of this villa in Jumeirah 1 had dozens of paranormal stories to recount to XPRESS. Nothing, however, comes close to what Mary, a resident, experienced one night when she felt someone take the socks off her in the dead of the night while she was sleeping. This happened seven times over that night in full view of her and her room mates, she claims.
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For well over two years, no one lived in building number 33 in Al Quoz’s Al Khail Gate community. The owners put it down to maintenance issues as did the watchmen but those who lived there said it was much more than that. “There had been stuff - toothbrushes, mobiles, items - that seemed to disappear and then turn up somewhere again later,” a resident told XPRESS shortly after moving to another building. Three suicides have since taken place in the complex.
Sharjah’s haunted hotel
This hotel on Sharjah’s King Faisal Street has a new identity today but back in the day, it was known for spooking its guests. Amongst those frightened during a stay here was none other than a decorated Indian pilot who had even written to the hotel claiming he felt the presence of an apparition in his room. Days later, XPRESS spent a night in the hotel thankfully to come out unscathed!
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Discover the Mysteries of Ras Al Khaimah’s Haunted Palace
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- July 1, 2023 July 1, 2023
For the past 35 years, no one has lived inside the intriguing abandoned building…
Since 1985, an intriguing palace in Ras Al Khaimah has remained unoccupied for the majority of its existence. Legend has it that the family for whom the late Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Qasimi built the palace moved out after just one night, citing supernatural occurrences as the reason for their swift departure.
After years shrouded in speculation and enigma, the Al Qasimi Palace has now opened its doors to the public. Adventurous visitors can embark on a journey through the four-story property, delving into the secrets hidden behind its closed doors. However, it’s important to note that photography inside the palace is strictly prohibited and may result in a fine of Dhs200.
Inside the palace, explorers will navigate through 35 rooms adorned with marble floors, ornate glass chandeliers, and a handful of peculiar artworks. One noteworthy feature is a room featuring an imposing pyramid structure that crowns the mansion.
According to signage at the palace, public access to the property will be limited, as it is slated for extensive development work. The future plans involve transforming the space into a “horror adventures” attraction, complete with restaurants, cafes, and hotel rooms.
The Al Qasimi Palace, also known as Al Qasr Al Gamedh, is not the only eerie location in Ras Al Khaimah. Just a short 20-minute drive from the palace lies Al Jazirah Al Hamra, colloquially referred to as the Haunted Village or “ghost town,” owing to its abandoned and desolate buildings.
These fascinating sites offer a glimpse into the mysterious and supernatural side of Ras Al Khaimah. With the Al Qasimi Palace’s limited-time public opening and its future transformation into a spine-chilling attraction, visitors have the chance to immerse themselves in the unknown and experience the allure of the paranormal.
So, if you’re ready to embrace the allure of the unknown and embark on a journey through Ras Al Khaimah’s haunted past, the Al Qasimi Palace and the nearby Haunted Village await your exploration. But remember, tread cautiously, as the spirits of the past may still linger in these abandoned corridors and deserted streets.
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The Enchanting Saga of Al Qasimi Palace Real Story: Unveiling the Secrets of History and Grandeur
Al Qasimi Palace stands as a majestic testament to the rich history and grandeur of its era. Located in the heart of a bustling city
This architectural masterpiece has witnessed significant events, captivating legends, and the rise and fall of empires. In this article, we delve into the real story behind Al Qasimi Palace real story, shedding light on its historical significance, captivating anecdotes, and the enduring legacy it carries.
Join us on a captivating journey as we unravel the mysteries and unveil the remarkable tales woven within the walls of Al Qasimi Palace.
A Glimpse into History
To understand the real story behind Al Qasimi Palace, we must embark on a journey through time. Al Qasimi Palace, also known as Qasr Al Husn, traces its origins to the 18th century when it was built by the ruling Al Qasimi family.
The palace served as the residence and administrative center for the ruling sheikhs, who played a significant role in the political landscape of the region. Over the years, it underwent several renovations and expansions, reflecting the architectural styles of different periods.
The palace witnessed the rise and fall of various empires that sought to exert their influence over the region. It was during the British occupation in the 19th century that the palace underwent significant changes, reflecting the colonial architectural influences of the time.
Despite these changes, the palace has retained its essence, serving as a symbol of the region’s history and the resilience of its people.
The architectural brilliance of Al Qasimi Palace’s real story is a testament to the craftsmanship of its builders. The palace’s design showcases a fusion of Islamic and European architectural elements, resulting in a unique and visually striking structure.
The exterior features intricate geometric patterns carved wooden screens, and arched doorways that reflect traditional Arabian craftsmanship. The interiors boast lavish rooms adorned with intricate stucco work, delicate frescoes, and ornate chandeliers, providing a glimpse into the opulence and grandeur of the era.
One of the most remarkable features of Al Qasimi Palace is its majestic watchtower. Standing tall, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding city and the shimmering Arabian Gulf.
The watchtower served as a strategic vantage point for the ruling sheikhs, allowing them to monitor activities within the palace and beyond.
Legendary Tales and Anecdotes
Al Qasimi Palace real story is steeped in legendary tales and intriguing anecdotes that have been passed down through generations. One such tale revolves around the palace’s secret underground tunnels, believed to have been used for escape routes or hidden passages during times of conflict.
These tales add an air of mystery and adventure to the palace’s rich history, captivating visitors and fueling their imaginations.
Another captivating legend associated with Al Qasimi Palace is the story of hidden treasure. According to local folklore, a secret chamber within the palace contains untold riches and precious artifacts.
While no concrete evidence has been found to substantiate these claims, the notion of hidden treasure continues to intrigue visitors and treasure hunters alike.
Restoration and Preservation Efforts
Preserving the historical and cultural significance of Al Qasimi Palace is of paramount importance. Recognizing its architectural and historical value, extensive restoration efforts have been undertaken to ensure its preservation for future generations.
The restoration process involved meticulous research, analysis, and the expertise of skilled craftsmen.
Restoration efforts focused on retaining the authenticity of the palace while addressing structural issues and restoring damaged areas. Traditional building techniques and materials were employed to maintain the original charm and character of the palace.
Today, visitors can experience the magnificence of Al Qasimi Palace, walking through its restored halls and marveling at the intricate details that have been painstakingly revived.
Al Qasimi Palace – The Real Story
Al Qasimi Palace real story has evolved into more than just a historical site; it has become a cultural hub and a symbol of national pride. Today, the palace houses museums and exhibitions that showcase the region’s history, art, and heritage. Visitors can explore the various galleries, which house artifacts, photographs, and interactive displays, offering insights into the palace’s past and the broader cultural landscape.
Additionally, Al Qasimi Palace serves as a venue for cultural events, festivals, and educational programs. It provides a platform for artists, performers, and historians to showcase their talents and share knowledge, ensuring that the legacy of the palace remains vibrant and alive.
Its paranormal reputation has long attracted thrill seekers from across the country and even inspired an Arabic novel by journalist Rym Tina Ghazal.
Holy men came too, promising to expel unwelcome spirits with incantations. They scratched out the eyes of humans and animals from paintings and beheaded plaster birds, in the belief that the depiction of human-like forms was un-Islamic and would attract jinn.
Mr Al Sharhan bought the property last year, after years of negotiation.
The restoration took six months. Today, it has the air of a polished estate, no speck of dust, and no trace of jinn.
The 40 French and Belgian crystal chandeliers were dusted and polished, the Moroccan wall tiles repainted and re-stuck, the paintings restored, and the heads re-sculpted on plaster birds.
Is Al Qasimi Palace Still Haunting?
No. Al Qasimi Palace was rumoured to be haunted. But it has now been opened to the general public for tours and no reporting related to ‘Hauntings’ have been reported to the authorities by any tourists. In summary, there is no evidence that Al Qasimi palace is still haunted.
Why is Al Qasimi Called Ras Al Khaimah Ghost House?
It’s possible that this name could have emerged in local folklore or as a result of various myths and rumors circulating in the region.
The term “Ghost House” is often used colloquially to describe buildings or places that are believed to be haunted or have paranormal activity. However, such claims are typically based on subjective experiences and lack scientific evidence.
Al Qasimi Palace, or Al Hisn, is a historical residence of the ruling Al Qasimi family in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. It has significant cultural and historical importance in the region.
If the nickname “Ras Al Khaimah Ghost House” has gained popularity among the locals or visitors, it could be due to the palace’s mysterious and abandoned appearance, as well as the fascination with stories of hauntings.
How much is entry to Ras Al Khaimah Ghost House?
As per the information provided in the previous text, the entry fee to visit the Al Qasimi Palace, which is sometimes referred to as the “Ras Al Khaimah Ghost House,” is as follows:
Individual tickets: AED 75 (per person)
Group tickets: AED 50 (per person)
Al Qasimi Palace stands as a beacon of history, artistry, and heritage. Its real story captivates and enchants, weaving together the triumphs and trials of bygone eras. From its architectural splendor to the legendary tales that echo within its walls, the palace continues to inspire awe and curiosity.
As efforts to preserve and showcase its magnificence persist, Al Qasimi Palace real story remains a testament to our shared human history, inviting us to explore, learn, and connect with the past.
Visit this architectural gem, delve into its captivating tales, and be transported to a world of history and grandeur.
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Haunted Al Qasimi Palace In RAK – The Palace Of Nightmares
By Talia Gibson
Updated on January 5, 2023
Approximately 30 years ago, plans were drawn up for an extravagant building known as "The Al Qasimi Palace" in Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK), United Arab Emirates. The palace was designed to include pools, rivers, gardens, and other luxurious features, but the project was ultimately not completed.
The excitement of the palace's opening quickly turned to fear when people who moved in experienced strange and terrifying events on the first night. It is not known exactly what happened, but the residents fled the next day and have not returned since. Despite its grand design, the palace has remained unoccupied for nearly 30 years.
It is rumored that strange noises, such as the sound of moving furniture or heavy luggage, can be heard coming from the abandoned Al Qasimi Palace at dusk or during the day. Some people have also claimed to see the faces of children peering through the broken windows, sometimes crying out to those outside. Due to its eerie legends and unusual history, the Al Qasimi Palace has gained a reputation as the "Al Qasimi Jinn Palace," or "the devil's palace."
If you're looking for a haunted destination in the United Arab Emirates, you can take the E311 highway to the northeastern tip of the country, then take the E11 road and turn onto Seikh Rashid Been Saeed Al Maktoum St. The Al Qasimi Palace will be on your right. Along the way, you can also visit "The Ghost Town of Jazirat Al Hamra," which is said to be the most haunted place in the UAE.
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About three decades ago, there was a great architectural plan for a massive building like a royal palace so-called “The Al Qasimi Palace” in Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK), UAE. The plan was including pools, rivers, garden, everything that would provide this place more fascinating and enriching features, but it was not to be.
All the joy of its opening ended up with a depressed shudder at the first night after people moved in. Nobody knows the exact reason, but people believe they witnessed such strange and terrible things inside the palace that forced them to flee on the very next day, never to return again. Since then, almost three decades have been passed but nobody has dared to make this luxurious palace worthy of its living.
Rumour has it that after the sunset or at the mid of the day, an inexplicable sound of moving furniture or heavy luggage can be occasionally heard from inside the abandoned palace. Even more terrifying is that many people claim to have seen the faces of little children peering through the partly broken and stained window-glasses, who sometimes cry out to them. For its eerie legends and unusual history, the Al Qasimi Palace is best known as the “Al Qasimi Jinn Palace” which literally stands for “the devil’s palace”. So, if you are seeking a haunted destination in UAE then you could take the Emirates Road E311, drive straight to country’s northeastern tip and go through the E11 road, then take right onto Seikh Rashid Been Saeed Al Maktoum St, you will definitely find your destination standing beside your path. On your way to The Al Qasimi Palace, you could also visit “The Ghost Town Of Jazirat Al Hamra” which is said to be the most haunted place in UAE.
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Have spooky flicks ever sent shivers down your spine?
A visit to Al Qassimi Palace in Ras Al Khaimah can you the same chills and goosebumps.
Built in 1985 by the late Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Al Qasimi Palace
is stunning but after being unoccupied for many years, there have been rumours
that the palace is ‘haunted’. Now, tourists and residents of the UAE can explore
this mysterious and beautiful palace for themselves after
it has been opened to the public in December 2019!
If you’re up for an adventure, here’s everything you need to know before
your visit to Ras Al Khaimah’s ‘Haunted’ Palace,
including entrance fees, timings and tips before you visit.
Here we go they want you to pay to visit this palace and this is a smart way to make money
to keep the house intact in the desert.
THE ENGIMA AROUND AL QASIMI PALACE IN RAS AL KHAIMAH
This lavish palace was Built by the late Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Qasimi
in 1985 and reportedly worth AED 500M, in today money it will be one billion!
while some people in that country have nothing to eat.
Al Qasimi Palace is a four-story structure that reflects the same magnificence
and beauty that is typical of Arab culture.
However, after the palace fell into disrepair, rumours spread that the inhabitants
left the palace after facing mysterious occurrences there. However,
the grandeur of Al Qasimi Palace in Ras Al Khaimah and the mystery that surrounded it,
have now led to it becoming a brand-new attraction that visitors can’t wait to explore!
In December 2019, it was announced that the Al Qasimi Palace
would be open to the public for a limited time, before closing it for renovation.
WHAT CAN YOU SEE AT AL QASIMI PALACE IN RAK?
Step inside Al Qasimi Palace and you’ll be in awe of the spectacular artefacts
and paintings that adorn the 35 rooms that you can visit. The four-story
structure is designed with glass chandeliers and marble floors, with a mix of Islamic,
Moroccan and Persian influences.
Watch out for the room with a huge pyramid structure, at the top of the mansion,
which will captivate your attention.
AL QASIMI PALACE RAK TICKETS
Want to sneak a look at this new attraction in Ras Al Khaimah?
Take a look at the ticket prices below, which can be purchased at the gate of the palace:
- Individual tickets for Al Qasimi Palace: AED 75 (per person)
- Group tickets for Al Qasimi Palace: AED 50 (per person)
AL QASIMI PALACE RAK TIMINGS
The ‘Haunted’ Palace of Ras Al Khaimah is open daily from 09:00 am – 07:00 pm.
About three decades ago, there was a great architectural plan for a massive
building like a royal palace so-called “The Al Qasimi Palace”
in Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK), UAE.
The plan was including pools, rivers, garden, everything that would provide
this place more fascinating and enriching features, but it was not to be.
All the joy of its opening ended up with a depressed shudder at the first night
after people moved in. Nobody knows the exact reason,
but people believe they witnessed such strange and terrible things inside
the palace that forced them to flee on the very next day, never to return again.
Since then, almost three decades have been passed but nobody has
dared to make this luxurious palace worthy of its living.
Rumour has it that after the sunset or at the mid of the day,
an inexplicable sound of moving furniture or heavy luggage can be occasionally
heard from inside the abandoned palace. Even more terrifying is that many people
claim to have seen the faces of little children peering through the partly broken
and stained window-glasses, who sometimes cry out to them.
For its eerie legends and unusual history, the Al Qasimi Palace is best known as the
“Al Qasimi Jinn Palace” which literally stands for “the demon’s palace”. So, if you are seeking a haunted destination in UAE then you could take
the Emirates Road E311, drive straight to country’s northeastern tip and go
through the E11 road, then take right onto Sheikh Rashid Been Saeed Al Maktoum St,
you will definitely find your destination standing beside your path.
On your way to The Al Qasimi Palace, you could also visit the ghost town of jazirat al hamra.
which is said to be the most haunted place in UAE.
No matter where you live in the UAE, you can easily reach Qasimi Palace
Ras Al Khaimah. Take a look at the directions given below and reach your destination in time.
Dubai residents can also pay a visit to this spooky site in Ras Al Khaimah.
If you are coming from Dubai, get on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
(E311) and continue to Al Riffa. Now take Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Rd
and follow to your destination.
Abu Dhabi residents can get on Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan St (E10)
and follow the road to Al Riffa. Once reached Al Riffa,
take Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Road to your destination.
I think that the sound they heard inside the palace in mid afternoon, in exact time is
very classic example of residual haunting, where energy trapped in a place
and plays itself over and over again, and that happened in places where specific building materials
was used such limestones, marbles, garnet, stones with magnetic properties, large electric cables
lights, and generator, aircons and other electric connections.
inside the place to provide electricity and the use of 220 to 240 volt in the middleast, this could
trigger the brain to hear voices, see things, and get hallucinations.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU VISIT AL QASIMI PALACE
Before visiting Al Qasimi Palace in Ras Al Khaimah, please note that photography
is not allowed and could land you a fine of AED 200. You can ask for permission to take
pictures for fee.
I wish they invite me to stay a night in it alone with my infrared cameras ,detectors , scanner,
and video recorder to prove them wrong, or to find an answer .
Please also make sure that you don’t touch any paintings, artifacts or props while you are in the palace.
Steve Ramsey, PhD. Paranormal researcher, blogger and investigator.
By Dr.Steve Ramsey,PhD
Greeting from Calgary, Alberta - Canada. My name is Saad Al-Hashimi. Known as Steve Ramsey PhD, I am the founder and the director of the Paranormal zone- Haunting Dimensions. That deals with an investigation, debunking, and healing/cleansing since 1986. Having had many unexplainable experiences from a young age at a possible "haunted" house where plenty of things seemed to happen that I couldn’t explain, since that time and I am looking and searching for an answer. After continuing to have many experiences that I just cannot explain, I have since become a firm believer that GHOSTS do exist. I continued for a short while as a member of a few other paranormal groups until I was very fortunate to become involved with a local fast growing organization where I felt very comfortable to start my own paranormal investigation. My best experience has been Indio California, Okotoks Alberta, Baghdad city , and many other places in Greece and North Canada. (yes I do believe spirits can hurt you so you have to be careful not to provoke or challenge a spirit ). I won’t tell you the whole story now but you are more than welcome to ask me on a ghost hunt. I am now looking forward to meeting many more people, all looking for that ‘experience’ that could possibly convince them that there is something more to life than we first thought. So please feel free to email me [email protected] I have been involved in several paranormal groups over the years. Paranormal Adventures is different and exciting in ways I couldn’t possibly get before. When people ask if I believe in ghosts, I say I am a skeptical believer. I have had many encounters with spirit forms and believe what I have seen to be real and unexplainable. I always look for a normal mundane reason why at the same time. My area of expertise in the field of science. I have Ph.D. in Public Health from the USA, Master degree in Medical Ultrasound and BSc Degree in Diagnostic Imaging from Charles Sturt University Australia, BSc in Physics, and Radiology diploma from Iraq, Pharmacy diploma. Radiography diploma from London Ontario, Diploma in Natural Health from Quebec, Canada. Radiation physics from Australia, I studied the infra and ultrasound in the animal kingdom.P resented more than 20 lectures in Iraq, Greece, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Canada and I am the peer reviewer for the radiographer journal in UK, Netherlands, and South Africa. Earned the 3rd award for excellence in ultrasound - Canada 2005. I am also armature archaeologist, painter, calligrapher, and used to run acting theater play in Iraq- Baghdad, wrote, directed and acted in more than 27 plays. So debunking come naturally in my science and technology back round, and not like other debunking people around you who use Google for their search and call them self-debunkers, It doesn't work that way. In the near future, I will run live internet ghost hunts with night vision cameras giving users at home the chance to watch the spooky footage on, in my nights out. I look forward to seeing you all soon on one of our many events! I loved reading ghost stories and sitting on my own in the dark watching horror films. However. I Can decode dreams, and I see spirits in my dreams. I like to look at things from a scientific point of view and try to rule out all rational possibilities before concluding that events are paranormal. However, I do try to keep an open mind on all investigations. I started taking part in investigations since 1986; my first investigation usually any house, apartment that I move in or my friend's places. For many of my true paranormal stories you can read them at www.linkedin.com I will try to copy and move all my articles here in this site in near future. Thank you for reading and God Bless you all. Steve Ramsey PhD. Alberta
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Tsaritsyno: The idyllic palace park where Muscovites escape the big city (PHOTOS)
Tsaritsyno Park offers one of the most impressive examples of Russian garden design from the 18 th and 19 th centuries. Located in southern Moscow, it is just a short walk from (you guessed it!) Tsaritsyno metro station .
Visitors often crowd around an enormous fountain near the park’s entrance, but you’ll find the palace towers a bit farther away among the trees.
The estate originally belonged to Dimitrie Cantemir, a Moldavian prince allied with Imperial Russia. He built a church and a wooden palace on the site .
His French-style garden was designed according to the baroque architectural styles of that time and included pathways and flowerbeds that were made according to strict geometrical rules .
Catherine the Great fell in love with the estate so much that she decided to buy it. At the time, English-style gardens that artistically imitated natural landscapes were popular, and so two gardeners named John Munro and Francis Reid were brought over from England to work on the estate .
There’s nothing better than wandering through the forest along the winding cobblestone pathways, which are lined with antique statues and pavilions with huge pillars. As you walk, you hear the melodic singing of birds, which heightens the whole experience and takes you away from the chaos of the city center .
Monument to the architects Vasilii Bazhenov and Matvei Kazakov
Tsaritsyno’s construction began in 1779 under the supervision of architect Vasili Bazhenov. Unfortunately, just as construction work was almost complete, Catherine visited the palace and expressed dissatisfaction with its design. In 1785, she ordered the palace to be demolished and rebuilt. This time, she tasked Matvey Kazakov, one of Bazhenov’s students, with overseeing the project .
Kazakov designed a three-story building that he hoped would capture the glory of Catherine’s reign. However, when work was suspended for three years due to a lack of funds, the empress ordered him to alter the plans, advising him to construct a two-story building and simplify the design of the roof .
Following Catherine’s death in 1796, work on the project came to a standstill once again, and the unfinished palace was left in ruins throughout the 19 th century. Local residents ransacked the place, removing window frames as well as stone walls .
Between 1950 and 1980, the ruins of the Grand Palace even became an unexpected rock-climbing site .
This finally changed between 2006 and 2007, when the city undertook a huge construction project to restore the park and architectural complex, bringing it back to its original beauty and splendor .
The main building still contains ornate reception rooms, but the annexes have been turned into a museum.
You might even stumble upon a ballroom scene in the middle of the forest, like something straight out of a movie, except with older people gathering to dance to electro or disco music .
These vast green spaces serve as a haven for Muscovites looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and find respite in a tranquil, serene setting. A lot of people come here just to lounge on the grass, play badminton or take a peaceful stroll in the shade .
If you wander around the forest, you might even come across a strange sight under the treetops: a sacred site maintained by local followers of Shamanism. Here you’ll find totem poles decorated with ribbons, symbols and all sorts of offerings, such as pieces of bread, semolina or candy (which you can see being stolen from right under our noses by a squirrel in the picture above).
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Russia Reopens the Last Czar’s Palace, a Century After His Execution
The last home of Nicholas II has been restored and opened to the public as a museum outside of St. Petersburg.
By Ivan Nechepurenko
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Maria Ryadova recalled being in a dusty room inside the Alexander Palace , hopping from one floor beam to another and peering into the dark chasm beneath, on the day she and her team of workers made a momentous discovery.
A pile of broken blue tiles had been hiding in the darkness. These shards, Ms. Ryadova knew from archival black-and-white photos, were the remains of tiles that had once adorned the walls of that room, which used to be czar Nicholas II’s private pool and bathroom in the early 1900s. But before they were uncovered, she had never known their color.
The discovery of these glossy pieces of cobalt and turquoise completed another piece of the puzzle that has been reconstructing this imperial mansion, which was once the home of the last czar of Russia and his family.
“This was an incredible find,” said Ms. Ryadova, 40, who is one of the main architects involved in the project. “I felt extremely inspired.”
With a team of architects and researchers, Ms. Ryadova has spent more than a decade on these grounds, working to restore the stately yellow edifice to its early-20th-century glory, before World War II and Soviet remodeling led to its deterioration. On Aug. 13, the work of Ms. Ryadova and many others was finally unveiled when Alexander Palace opened to the public as a museum.
This palace is likely be the final major Russian imperial mansion to become a museum, said Tatiana Andreeva, a research specialist. It is the result of years of investigative work by Ms. Andreeva, 37, Ms. Ryadova and their many colleagues, who re-created the interiors by working with a few fuzzy colored pictures, thousands of black-and-white photos, some watercolors, several drapery swatches and memoirs of palace life.
Of Rubble and Rubles
More than a century after the Russian monarchy collapsed with the execution of Nicholas II and his wife, four daughters and son by the Bolsheviks in 1918, historians are working to excavate the country’s imperial past.
For some, Alexander Palace has become a symbol of Russia’s reconciliation with it. “I have a complicated attitude toward the aristocrats of pre-Soviet Russia,” said Max Trudolyubov, 51, a popular blogger and commentator on current affairs. “But these palaces became monuments.”
Nicholas II has long been portrayed to the Russian people either as a bloody and committed despot — a relentless oppressor of the working class — or a clueless and lighthearted fool who carelessly let his country fall of the cliff into the abyss of Bolshevism.
The reopened palace will allow visitors to immerse themselves in part of the country’s history and make their own judgments, said Lev Lurie, a specialist in the history of St. Petersburg and the Romanov family.
“Museum is a theater, with a play rolling out without any actors,” he said.
In 2011, the Russian state decided to recreate the czar’s private suite — which had been furnished in the Art Nouveau style and was mostly destroyed during World War II and subsequent Soviet reconstructions — and create a museum around it. In the end, the government has committed more than $28 million to the project, with $12 million coming from the museum and private benefactors. (One of those private benefactors, Bob Atchison of Austin, Texas, is an enthusiast who has assembled a collection of items that were looted from the palace by the Germans and others — and sold at international auctions — and who has been collecting money to repair the palace for decades.)
To recreate the czar’s private rooms, Ms. Ryadova’s team had to remake almost everything: pickled oak parquet floors, wool rugs and silk draperies, and even spittoons that were used by the imperial family and courtiers.
Originally built in 1796 by Catherine the Great for her grandson Alexander, the palace was part of the imperial retreat in Tsarskoye Selo , a sprawling complex of palaces and parks outside of St. Petersburg, Russia’s capital at the time.
In 1905, Alexander’s great-grand-nephew, Nicholas II, moved his family there permanently to escape the increasingly chaotic and dangerous life in the capital, where riots broke out regularly and his grandfather was killed in 1881.
Nicholas II’s choice, on the eve of revolution, to abandon his troops and reunite with his family at Alexander Palace, divides many who study the time period.
To some, it is an indictment: He put his family above the interests of his country, over which he had absolute power.
But to many Russian Orthodox believers, Nicholas II’s acceptance of his fate was a show of humility. In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church canonized him and his family as passion bearers, a category used to identify believers who endured suffering and death with Christ-like piety.
This July, defying all pandemic-related restrictions, thousands of believers joined a religious procession in the city of Yekaterinburg that processed from the location of the mansion where the czar was shot (it was later destroyed) to the spot where the family’s remains were disposed in a mine shaft and dissolved with sulfuric acid.
A Palatial Puzzle
As she walked through the palace’s nearly finished rooms a few weeks before the opening this summer, Ms. Ryadova said she hoped visitors would be enraptured. She has faced too many challenges and disappointments in this reconstruction to feel otherwise.
For instance, she has been frustrated by the czar’s family photos. As avid photographers, they took thousands of pictures inside the palace, including photographs that could be considered some of the world’s earliest selfies. Portraits, however, are often useless to restoration specialists because floors and ceilings are usually cut out of the frame.
“Now I tell everyone: Photograph your ceilings!” Ms. Ryadova said.
Rugs posed a problem, too: In some cases, whole patterns were recreated from a small corner that managed to sneak into a picture or two. (Some of the ceiling restorations are on hold, in hopes that more materials will be discovered.)
In 1944, after the German occupation, most of the properties at Tsarskoye Selo had no windows or roofs. “The country was in a horrible state, but people wanted to see these ruins rebuilt as they were,” said Olga Taratynova, the director of the Tsarskoye Selo museum.
So even though the Soviet government had established itself as antithetical to the rule of the czars, it put money toward renovating their palaces. “It was a political decision,” Ms. Taratynova, 66, said.
The complex has since become an important tourist destination, not to mention a symbol of Russian history. Ms. Taratynova recalled that in 2002 President George W. Bush visited the Catherine Palace at the site as the guest of President Vladimir Putin. When Mr. Bush entered the grand 8,500-square-foot throne hall, with its gold-plated woodcarving décor, Ms. Taratynova said, he froze, mesmerized, and said simply, “Wow.”
“We Russians love it when people come to visit and say, ‘Wow!’” she said.
An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of a private benefactor of the Alexander Palace museum. He is Bob Atchison, not Bob Atchinson.
Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to Lev Lurie. He is a man.
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Ivan Nechepurenko has been a reporter with the Moscow bureau since 2015, covering politics, economics, sports, and culture in Russia and the former Soviet republics. He was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. More about Ivan Nechepurenko
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