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