Good news for you Umm al-Qaiwain enthusiasts: my second UAQ post! The National has an interesting article on the "old town" of Umm al-Qaiwain, the old quarter now primarily a market, Often there is so little to be found of the pre-oil Gulf in most Gulf cities — mostly an old fort, or an old mosque — that I find such articles informative. rather like browsing through Lorimer's Gazeteer.
The article concludes:
Other buildings, particularly the rundown and abandoned ones, receive far fewer visitors, at least of the human kind.
"They are haunted by jinn, so we don't go near them," says Ahmed, an Emirati in his 20s shopping at a grocery store, as he looks towards one such house.
The store owner nods his head in agreement. "Old towns always have one or two haunted houses," he says. "It is part of their charm."