Date 15 Nov 2021

here are a lot of places in the UAE that are worth traveling to. Whether these places are exceptionally aesthetically pleasing or because they carry a lot of history behind them. Some sites are so impressive that people will document their trips for the world to see.

However, regardless of the backstory of a location, it is always good to research the place you are planning to visit. Doing your research is a great way to ensure that your trip will be as safe and comfortable as possible. 

In the case of Al Jazirah Al Hamra village, there is a bit you should know before taking a trip there. 

 

The History of Al Jazirah Al Hamra Village

Among locals, the Al Jazirah Al Hamra village has a rich history. 

Al Jazirah Al Hamra, which translates to ‘The Red Island,” was originally a pearl fishing village, located in Ras Al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates and is an easy trip to add to your travel itinerary.

The Past

The origin of ‘The Red Island’ dates back to the 14th century. Three tribes initially settled the island, but Al Jazirah Al Hamra was dominated and ruled by the Zaab tribe. Then, there were 200 people living in the town. 

Fast forward to the 1800s, and the village had over 2,000 people and many trading ships. Al Jazirah Al Hamra was once a prosperous place that had a lot of potential. Until the mid-1900s, this village was continuously expanding and building upon itself. Al Jazirah Al Hamra’s inhabitants were part of the Zaab tribe, and by the 1960s, the town became a deserted town.

Current Day

Since the abandonment of this town, Al Jazirah Al Hamra has been a popular tourist point for adventurous travelers, as they like the idea of exploring an abandoned yet well-preserved town. Some items, such as coral and mud, made objects, are slowly being worn away. But for the most part, the scenery is mainly intact. Seeing the village is an excellent way to view just how life was like in a pre-oil town. 

It is still a bit unclear as to the exact reasoning of why the townsfolk abandoned the village. This is thought to be due to the conflict between tribes that led the Zaab tribe to leave their village behind. Another reason for abandonment might be due to the oil discovery, which gave rise to the UAE’s urbanisation.

It is thought that in the early 1900s, the town became part of Ras Al Khaimah.

What Not to Do

When visiting a new place, there are some key things that you should and should not do, and the same applies at Al Jazirah Al Hamra.

Do Not Take Anything

This is about respect for the environment and culture that surrounds you. Archeologists and historians have a deep respect for this village and the history that it provides, and the cultural importance it brings.

What to Do

On the opposite side of the scale, there are many things that you should do before visiting Al Jazirah Al Hamra. 

Bring Food and Water

Traveling can be exhausting no matter what the purpose of the trip is. Bringing enough food and water can help ensure that you are in the right headspace. If you are someone who gets nervous or paranoid easily, this is especially important.

Be Respectful

Any traveler should take good care to respect both the locals and the environment. Respect includes picking up after yourself, following local customs, and refraining from taking any objects or artifacts.

A good rule to follow is to treat the village as someone’s home. Not too long ago, the Al Jazirah Al Hamra village was home to thousands of people.

 

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