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31 October, 2006

A Sharjah ghost story

For Hallowe'en, Inge reveals a chilling tale that happened to some Scandinavian friends living in a flat in Sharjah. The couple owned two cats, one of which started acting very strangely as soon as they moved in. It became constantly nervous, and refused ever to come out from under one of the beds.

Then one of the couple's parents came to visit. The father was known for being sensitive to certain phenomenon, and he instantly detected something wrong with the flat. He said it was in the long corridor that ran past the bedrooms, but he couldn't tell what it was, just a presence. Not a malevolent one, just a strange sadness.

Some time after, friends of the couple got some photos developed of a party at the flat. They were surprised to see the figure of an Indian lady standing in the corridor. The party had been all Scandinavians, and the couple had no other visitors or maid at the time.

When the friends showed the photos to the couple, they were astonished. For some time they had been noticing what appeared to be a reflection on their balcony, as they sat inside. They had assumed it was someone from a neighbouring flat, mirrored onto their window by some trick of the light. When they saw the photo of the strange Indian lady in the corridor, they recognised it as the mysterious figure on the balcony.

A few investigations took place, and other tenants revealed the sad tale of a housemaid who had jumped to her death from the very same balcony. Finally they took the photo to the building watchman, who recognised it as the same woman.

When they finally moved, the scaredy-cat became normal again the second it entered the new house, all nervousness gone.

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Blogger nzm said...


Even spookier, this post has appeared twice!

01 November, 2006 03:22  
Blogger marwan said...

In honour of a rare double-post:

Where's the spooky picture?
*dramatic pause*
Where's the spooky picture?

Anyone else got a good creepy tale?

01 November, 2006 08:33  
Blogger dontfearfreedom said...


01 November, 2006 09:31  
Blogger Sex and Dubai said...

Creeeeeeeepppy, there's lots of stories like that in Karama, where this whole family (husband,wife, 2 kids and granny) were murdered several years ago. People still claim they hear screams.

01 November, 2006 09:56  
Blogger dontfearfreedom said...

In can hear you scream...

I'm sure that was in a film?

01 November, 2006 10:15  
Blogger Radha said...

Never heard of a ghost that poses for pictures! You have to get hold of that snap & post it here!

01 November, 2006 10:31  
Blogger oink oink said...

Ghosts DO NOT show up in photographs.

You can, however, sit in their laps if you did not know they were already on the sofa.

It's a startling experience.

The b**t**ds.

01 November, 2006 10:40  
Blogger al-republican said...

An Indian ghost trying to scare Scandinavians!?

So the scaredy-cat was an Indian cat as it could detect the presence of a fellow Indian, whereas the second cat was Scandinavian and didn't really believe in all this ghost shyte?

By the way, what is the story behind Halloween? Would appreciate it if someone could shed some light on this tradition.

01 November, 2006 10:51  
Blogger click_310 said...

I call bulls*** on this story!
It cannot be true, as everyone knows that all ghosts are temporary workers and would have been deported when its sponsor moved on.

01 November, 2006 10:56  
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01 November, 2006 10:56  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Where's the spooky picture?

I've been trying to get hold of it for ages. I'm still hopeful I can get a copy.

01 November, 2006 12:04  
Blogger al-republican said...

The picture couldn't be used as evidence for this story though. A lone Indian lady standing in a crowd of white folks does not count for much. Just because there is one brown person amongst so many whites doesnt mean the person is a ghost, hehe.

By the way, I thought SD didn't believe in these supernatural phenomenon?

01 November, 2006 13:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm....this has all the essential ingredients for a typical Bollywood flick!

I’ve heard many such stories in Muscat too.

01 November, 2006 13:10  
Blogger dubaibaggie said...

My housemaid scares the bejasus out of me - and she's NOT a ghost

01 November, 2006 13:13  
Blogger SIN said...

There are many tales in this city that have died a silent death, buried under the sands of time, and now under the construction juggernauts that go by the names of Uptown, Downtown, Craptown Dubai...

- The Maktoum Bridge hitchhiker (scared residents and commuters shitless over 30 years ago) when he supposedly hitched rides before the bridge started on Dubai side, and disappeared into thin air from the moving car...even my folks remember that one.

- The bleeding tree at Nad Al Sheba, which was later proved as a tree with a rust coloured sap (??) and a burial ground of an ancestor of the Bani Yas tribe.

I'm a bit unsure about the second one, but do recall GN doing a huge report on it along with the RAK crying caves.

01 November, 2006 14:16  
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01 November, 2006 14:59  
Blogger Cokey said...

You morons !!

Its true story. The spirit gets trapped in the place where she was so sad that she had to commit suicide.

Al rebublican, animals do sense these so called Supernatural phenomenons and so do some people with extreme senses. You would know if you come out of your extreme terrorism shit.

01 November, 2006 15:39  
Blogger rummyjohn said...

Scandinavians seeing Indian ghosts...

Does that mean its no longer PC to say "White as a Ghost?"

01 November, 2006 18:12  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Good story, SD!

02 November, 2006 09:17  
Blogger al-republican said...


Part of the "terrorism" curriculae is to believe in life after death, hehe. I certainly do believe in jinn and souls, but apparantly others (whom you conveniently miss every time) find this all a bunch of tripe.

What the Scandinavians witnessed was, in all likelihood, a jinn impersonating the looks of this dead lady (if this event ever happened at all).

As for your certainty on this matter, what do you know of souls and "spirits"? OK, so the Indian lady died and her soul is still around. So do you know what souls look like? Do they have hands, faces and limbs as was experienced by the Scandinavian folks? If souls do indeed have limbs and organs, then what use are those to them? I can ask you a few more questions that will make you feel utterly miserable!

The fact of the matter is the utter confusion of you and your ilk between souls and jinn (which some of you know as "Spirits"). When people die, their souls go into an intermediate world known in Arabic as 'alam al-barzakh. What is the reality of psychics establishing contact with souls in that intermediate (intermediate because the final destination is the Life after the DAY OF JUDGEMENT) world?

If you knew about the realities of these unseen worlds, you would understand all about Nostradamus and his predictions and who brought him these news and how.

You all have much to learn about such realities. If you only took some time out from Islam bashing and just tried reading what it has to say.

By the way, I am still waiting for an explanation on what Halloween is all about.

02 November, 2006 11:36  
Blogger Mme Cyn said...

Al Republican -- Halloween is a festival the early Christian church invented to try to lure the Celtic pagans away from celebrating Samhain, which was the old Celtic New Year's Day and a time in which the dead were said to walk among the living.

02 November, 2006 17:35  
Blogger rosh said...

oh? for a moment I thought you were talking of the Sharjah we had in 1995 : )

yes compared to Dubai, we were almost a ghost town i.e. the Al Wahda street was the "it" place in sharjah : )

18 November, 2006 09:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

according to me this is just some made-up sh** to scare people because if it was true the picture of this "SPOOKY SPIRIT" should have been posted on the internet which it is not

27 June, 2009 08:59  

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