Friday, March 14, 2008

To the Lost City of Ubar and Beyond

We headed to Ubar, the lost city of Irem of the pillars, which was mentioned in the Quran, One Thousand and One Nights, The Atlantis of the Sands and in many other places. The City had 1,000 pillars at its might between 3000 B.C. to 100 A.D. but their people went against god's word and the prophet Hud/Hood in the Quran, or Eber/Heber in the bible, so a large storm covered the city and it was lost forever…

Chillin birds
The place was discovered using satellite scanners, from the sky and one from the ground. The one from the ground scanned upto a meter under ground while the top one zeroed in on the location after a few years of germen and British searching the place.

Ubar was discovered in the early 90's, however, they are not 100% sure it is Ubar since they do not have all the evidence to support its Ubar and the Saudis also claim they have their own Ubar (the Saudis claim everything is theirs anyway).

Sadly the Shsur, in Omani, is very badly maintained and not organized at all. There are a few signs but no explanation or guide to tell you much, just some bedu chilling around the little village of 70 inhabitants.

Its really not worth going to check Ubar out.

Ubar style toilet

Even in the middle of nowhere a satellite dish is needed to survive the harsh conditions!


Commonly Cheap said...

Stumbled in and just wanted to say hi. So interesting, lovely photos too.

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BuJ said...

Ubar sounds like a cool place (in the desert).. thanks for sharing Coloman.. bas i should google it for more info.. is it really the city of Hood?

ColOman said...

If it is Ubar then yes, its the City of Hood.

jogil said...

Recently finished Fiennes' book about locating Ubar - trying to figure out how to get there and/or whether any archaeological types need a hand. Great photos. said...

Actually, Ubar is the first Earth city named after it's Martian namesake.
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