Whether it’s a myth or a reality is for you to find out, but these five spots have long been known to harbour the paranormal.
Location: Khor Rori, Salalah
The valley of Khor Rori is known to be a gathering spot for witches and is avoided by tourists and residents at all costs. Several tour operators will also refrain from taking visitors to the valley – and many of those who have visited the spot have complained of stones raining down on them from the sky.
That said, certain areas of the locale is slowly gaining popularity – especially the ruins of the city from 1st Century AD.
Situated in the heart of the city of Bahla, the fort and its surroundings have been famed for their jinn activity. Religious scholars and residents state that jinns have been known to hide within the trees, rocks, and shadows inside the large fortress.
Just when you thought that life in Bahla couldn’t get any spookier, we learn of the history of the crumbling remains of the structure that remains on the ‘Hill of the Three Saints’. Legend has it, during the reign of the Nabahina Dynasty from the 12th to the 17th Century, three Sufi hermits took up residency outside the city walls to practise their unorthodox faith. It is believed that the building in the middle flew from Rustaq to Bahla fully intact. Fact or fiction? You be the judge of that.
Location: Al Bustan
This one’s bang in the middle of Muscat – and it’s in plain sight for everyone to see. While scholars and experts debunk theories surrounding the haunting of this gorgeous villa overlooking the Arabian Sea, several ghostbusters explore the area around the villa at night, but only to catch glimpses and sounds of dogs and other animals.
It’s almost as if the spirits didn’t want anyone to reside in Bahla. Or even if they did, they didn’t want any more inhabitants moving in – and the frankincense tree that stands tall in the Bahla Souk is the deterrent. Legend has it that the tree – which still exists to date – would doom anyone who touched the tree to misfortune and an untimely death. In fear for the lives of visitors, the locals cut down the tree.