A special case for Dubai's newest detectives, beware imposters and ghostbusting in Ras Al Khaimah
Watching the detectives
We weren’t best pleased last week after accidentally leaving our wallet in a taxi. Thankfully, however, we discovered that the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently launched a new lost and found department. After being put through to the helpful assistant and giving the necessary details, we were informed: ‘No problem, when we find your wallet we will send you an SMS.’ We breathed a sigh of relief – it was all so easy. As promised, the next morning we received a message stating: ‘Your case has been resolved, call this number.’ Thank goodness, we thought, this must mean the wallet has been found. However, on calling the designated number we were informed: ‘Yes, we resolved the case. We came to the conclusion that your wallet is lost.’ Thanks for that, RTA. Thanks a bunch.
We’re taking it as a compliment. An imposter is currently going around Dubai’s clubs and bars, getting in for free and taking photographs of revellers while using the Time Out name. All we know so far is that the guy is English, which unfortunately doesn’t rule many people out or allow us to make up a badly-drawn photo fit. However, before we catch this dirty crim’, if you’re in a bar and the mystery Brit aims his lens your way – ask to see some ITP Publishing ID first. Or perhaps get his name and email it over to us. And if you’re reading this right now, imposter – be afraid. Be very afraid.
After putting on a stampede of non-regional exhibitions that have brought much diversity to Dubai’s art scene, art gallery Carbon 12 are packing up. But don’t worry, they’re not going for good, they’re just relocating from their Marina HQ to Al Quoz, becoming yet another gallery to buy into this grassroots art quarter. They cited high rents as their reason for moving, but we reckon the lure of the dusty industrial quarter and local equivalent to London’s East End was more at play. They should reopen mid-October, but in the meantime you can follow them on Twitter, under ‘Carbon12 gallery’. For more info.
It seems the law on Ramadan hours really does include everyone. Last weekend The Insider visited the haunted palace of Ras Al Khaimah for a second time. In case you missed our first report last October, this hilltop mansion was built in 1984. However, it has stood empty ever since, after the original owner experienced lights being switched on and off, levitating furniture and the sound of women screaming inside empty rooms, all during his first night in the pad. Apparently this tomfoolery was down to jinn – creatures that act like invisible squatters and scare off human inhabitants. Because we weren’t freaked out enough on our first visit, we decided to snoop round again – only to discover the jinn were ‘on leave’. ‘We put them in a bag and into the sea for Ramadan,’ explained the palace’s friendly gatekeeper. ‘Next month they will go back in the house.’ Calling all scaredy cats – now’s the time to visit. As long as he was telling the truth, of course [cue evil cackle].