Haunted house of Jumeirah scares its occupants

Located deep in the heart of Jumeirah 1, there's a huge villa where a number of eerie incidents have left the occupants scared and shaken to the core

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    This seven-bedroom building is home to a group of Filipinos who claim having seen ghosts for over a year now. Image Credit: Karen Dias/XPRESS
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    Tenants have heard a man moaning in the bedroom (left) while the kitchen (top right) has often become exceedin Image Credit: Karen Dias/XPRESS
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Dubai "There's something that lives in our house, and it isn't human," says Karl, a resident of an old villa in Jumeirah.

Located deep in the heart of Jumeirah 1, this seven-bedroom hotspot of paranormal activity is home to a group of Filipinos who claim to have experienced visitations for over a year now.

Most unusual, perhaps, is Lora's encounters with a male "spirit".

Lora's spooky story began in November last year when she was awakened at 3am. "I felt an intense pressure all over my body, as though there was a person sleeping on top of me. I tried to sit up, but couldn't move anything besides my fingers and toes. On the curtains I could see a dark shadow atop me," she says.

"A few nights later, I could hear a man moaning from my roommate Mary's bed. At first I thought her husband was back from the Philippines, but a quick peak revealed Mary was fast asleep with that mysterious shadow on top of her reflecting on the wall."

Understandably, both Lora and Mary, having discussed the events of the night, were afraid to sleep alone in their beds, instead choosing to huddle together on the floor. On one of those nights, Mary had another visitation. "I was fast asleep when I felt something at my foot. I looked down to see my sock peeling itself off. I woke up the other girls and we all saw it happen: Not just once or twice, but eight times over the course of the night."

Her husband Karl has an equally eerie story to tell. "Three months ago I was home alone and my bed started shaking incessantly. I looked around thinking I was in the middle of an earthquake, except that nothing else was moving apart from my bed. Sometimes, I hear voices trying to whisper in my ear."

His flatmate Phillip, a 30-year-old secretary, says he has visitations from the "ghost at least once a week. Normally, it just draws open my curtains every time I close them, but one time I was in the shower and it locked me in for two hours. My flatmates had to eventually break the lock to get me out."

Louise, a Filipino teacher who lives in one of the ground floor bedrooms, says she's afraid to enter her own kitchen alone because she feels "a strong presence in the kitchen and the adjoining toilet. Often, the kitchen becomes exceedingly cold, or the bathroom door slams open and shuts, the flush goes off mysteriously… It's not a part of the house I like coming to."

Nora, the eldest occupant of the house, says she was once a medium and as such is trying to make contact with whatever it is that is in their house. So far, she hasn't had any luck. Her flatmate Karl says that while the days are usually quiet, most of the paranormal activity happens at night. "These aren't dangerous ghosts, but they like to play around," says Karl. "For example, no matter how often we change the light bulbs in our room, they don't last beyond two weeks. Whoever it is that's living in our room obviously likes the dark."

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  • Roma Nandwani

    17-Aug-2011 13:42

    I'm really not able to believe this until I myself go over and have a stay at this amazing haunted adventure... Lol!!

  • Kumar

    04-Aug-2011 14:22

    When this kind of the situation happened you should pray to GOD . Then only the ghost leaves . I have experienced many times while i was asleep at midnight . Somebody covered my body and and pressed down on me intensely. I could not move any part of my body. Finally i started praying to GOD . Then the spirit went away . Some people will says this will happen because of the carbon dioxide presence the bedroom. But i feel its not correct. Spirits do exisit. At the time no one will think of GOD due to anxiety and fear, but that is exactly the time you should remember and pray to him. Anyhow in today's world people are more dangerous than spirits . The ghosts themselves willl fear humans given their nature and activities at present . So do not bother much about the spirits or Ghosts.

  • Fansal

    04-Aug-2011 14:20

    Well I know that such things happen in reality. I believe in the existence of supernatural (Jinn). They have religions like us and belong to different categories for instance; non-harmful, harmful, Satanic. I have experienced it myself. Once in the morning when I woke up, I was unable to move my head, shoulders and arms. It felt as if someone was holding me up there. After 20 seconds I was able to get up (I had no physical ailments then). The tenants should try to find some other place to live. That's my advice for them. I think it's not made up to reduce the rent. Also it's unfair to use such tactics if they are doing it with such an intent.

  • Mohammed Nadheer

    04-Aug-2011 14:19

    personally i am not ready to believe anything until i get clear evidence... as far as what i have experienced in my life, i will conclude saying that they are speaking lies...

  • Anonymous

    04-Aug-2011 14:16

    Bulb mystery solved, the lamp is facing the ac out vent, direct it away from them and see how they will last much longer, the rest of the stuff can have many explanations also

  • Zainuddin

    04-Aug-2011 14:15

    It sounds good. But it would be even more interesting if someone allowed me to stay for a month. I just want to look at what is going on. I can't believe that some paranormal activity is there in that villa.

  • Rasool Khan

    04-Aug-2011 14:10

    People staying in that house want the following - decrease in rent - or to be popular in case ther ar ghosts that let them leave. this is just a drama. Dubai is a blessed place with no ghosts. People staying in that house are bigger ghosts.

  • Rahul Thakkar

    04-Aug-2011 14:09

    Well I see no truth in this story and have reasons to believe that this might have been fabricated by these people. Villa in the heart of Jumeirah area with low rent is a good enough reason to make many drool over. I wish to mention that my house in Sharjah is near a graveyard and just a wall separates us. However, despite staying for the last two years in my appartment, I have never experienced anything of that sort. Neither I believe or agree to this nonsense.

  • SOORAJ LAL T.S

    04-Aug-2011 14:08

    Can you post the exact location of this villa??

  • Parvez

    04-Aug-2011 14:06

    I agree to one of the earlier commentators. If this disturbance is not a farce, then it can be a jinn or jinns. Play Surah Al Baqrah in your villa atleast for once. You will experience the difference.

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I'm really not able to believe this until I myself go over and have a stay at this amazing haunted adventure... Lol!!

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