The village of Wadi al-Murr in Oman existed ages ago. Today its former residents and visitors are still coming to rediscover the city which was once engulfed by the desert.
One local elder says: "All the houses in the village were invaded by the sand that assailed them 30 years ago, forcing the inhabitants to leave their homes."
Nevertheless, not all of the village was buried under the sand but some building tops and sections of the stone wall are still above the ground to prove people once living out there.
Moreover, Wadi al-Murr's original residents were forced to leave their homes after swelling the ranks of those migrating to towns and cities, according to AFP.