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Report - Old House, Al-Hamra, Oman

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by HughieD, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Don't think Oman has been done on 28D before. It's an amazing country [EDIT - I stand corrected - someone did a report Jan 2015] . I was fortunate to be over there with work and get a bit of down time. Have to say there are real Urbex possibilities there as there are large numbers of abandoned old houses slowly crumbling.

    I struck it lucky on a day trip to Nizwa in the interior of Oman, about 200km from the capital Muscat. On the way back we went to an old oasis town called Al Hamra. Didn't get chance for a full look round all of the crumbling old houses but managed to have a shufty at one rather large abandoned two-storey mud brick house on the edge of the town. It was, apparently, the residence of the local township head some time back. When he died, because of the "bad" spirits in the house, it was abandoned by the rest of his family. Don't really know much more than that I'm afraid.

    It was a really fascinating explore as you can see from the pictures. Hope that you like them.

    View of the front of the house:

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    ...the back isn't fairing so well:

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    Apparently this was the meeting room...

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    ...just to the right hand side of the main door:

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    The floors are starting to crumble:

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    ...and the roof has gone in places:

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    So that'll be no venturing upstairs!

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    Abandoned suitcases...

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    ...and some documents in Arabic:

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    But little else of value left...

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    As the big old building collapses:

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    While providing the final resting place for this unfortunate goat:

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    In this dusty but atmospheric old house...



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    Nearly forgot the obligatory doll's head shot...

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  2. hamtagger

    hamtagger 28DL Regular User
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    Something you don't see every day, cheers for posting that :thumb
     
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  3. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    Once again cheers.

    Oman is the most interesting country to travel around in that part of the world, with good scuba diving opportunities, and beats the vulgar tackiness of Dubai any day
     
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    Great pictures! That place looks so unstable. I love how the goat completely decomposed without its body being disturbed at all.
     
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  5. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers Jim. Passed it a year later and it was pretty much the same. Very dry and warm climate there so decay takes time...
     
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