Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The village was abandoned because of the dream of riches

The village used to be crowded with people. However, they forgot about it when oil and gas took the throne.

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This is Al Jumail, one of several abandoned villages scattered on the northwest coast of Qatar. Its remnants give visitors a glimpse into how the people of the Gulf lived before the oil and gas fuel economy boomed.
The village is now just ruins before the ravages of time. Although there are not many documents, CNN believes that Al Jumail was built in the 19th century. Most of the houses have no roof, windows or doors.
Much of the economic activity of the villagers depend on the sea. This is a fishing village. The tidal flats in front of the village still have many fish traps. Presumably, the villagers used them to catch fish at low tide.
In addition to fishing for a living and ensuring food, the villagers of Al Hamad also have a number of other occupations. Many villagers mainly dive for pearls. It was also Qatar's main source of revenue before oil was discovered in the 1930s.
One person who used to live here said the villagers started their work from early morning until sunset time to pray maghreb. They work non-stop. People do not have the habit of having breakfast or lunch. They work straightforward and only dine when it's dark. Food is mainly rice and fish.
This ruin was once inhabited by a large fishing community.
The houses have almost no doors, the walls are built quite high to ensure privacy. The main living space is the courtyard and the interior spaces. When building a house, people have to make sure they can't look into the neighbor's yard.
The village is a remnant of the old era. People have left this place to plunge into the oil and gas fuel economy. They left the beach once attached to the lives of their ancestors and moved to the modern capital of Doha.
The village is currently free to enter. It is also sometimes used by some film crews as a set.

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