Located at (25.740239,55.945748) Sheikh Rashed Bin Said Road, a huge building standing tall over a small hill, can be easily located given its spooky landscape and ghostly charm similar to scenes straight out of a horror movie
Legend has it:
‘You don’t seek the way to the palace, it will find you in time’
One of the most frightening yet mesmerising structures is the Al Qassimi Palace in RAK which reportedly cost AED 500 million to build, over 25 years ago. Locals say the structure has remained uninhabited save just one night. And that the people were driven out in just one night after they experienced strange paranormal happenings.
Word of Mouth also has it that people have reported irrational fear, sounds of wailing persons, bizarre sightings and also spotted children peeping out of the partly broken stained glass windows while crying out for help to trespassers!
Living up to its mystic glory, the entrance to the former royal palace is not open to public through the main door (obviously, it’s not a tourist spot). The facade is charming and huge, that narrates a tale of lost wonders.
In all possibilities be prepared to be turned away by the watchman (who in fact is the only soul in the premises) as this abandoned dwelling is badly in need of a repair and has been untouched for almost 3 decades. However if you do manage to get through after convincing the (living) soul, the entry from the car park/storage area route assures further thrills in this adventure.
You will be greeted with amazing art works, beautiful interiors, costly furnishings and several household items for starters leading to a wall with an imitation of blood smeared graffiti and further up an ideal terrace lounge.
At the first sight the haunted beauty charms you with its typical Arabesque settings with lots of Falcon statues (headless!!), well designed interiors, large chandeliers, paintings, silver pots and several unused furniture. The walls and floors are decorated with ceramic tiles painted by Moroccan artists who allegedly cast charms of black magic.
Exotic lightings (still working) beautiful sceneries and many decorative figurines will amaze you (there is a chance fair to lose your companions while watching all this) as you walk into the different floors of the structure.
There are 4 floors including one underground parking – where you could see brand new vehicles however the lack of electricity above the ground floors may or may not add to your experience of this adventure.
The owners abandoned the palace after staying here for one night leaving behind a royal palace collecting dust and with it many secrets which are yet to be explored.
But visiting the haunted ruins of an uninhabited private palace on a full moon night will definitely give you the chills (read thrills)