When you hear about a place with more than 700 Disney-style ‘castle’ homes, it’s easy to think that it’s a perfect destination for a family vacation. It should be fun to stay in the area and take pictures for Instagram, right? Or even better, would you grab the chance to buy one of the properties so you can stay there for good with your loved ones?
Unfortunately, Burj Al Babas is the farthest thing from an ideal family spot. In fact, all its beautiful Gothic-inspired structures have been abandoned for years now and so it has more of a ‘ghost town’ vibe than a theme park atmosphere.
Located in the south western side of Mudurn in Turkey, the Burj Al Babas project was “conceived in 2014 as a luxury community for foreign buyers looking to invest in the Turkish property market,” according to an article by the Telegraph.
So what exactly went wrong, you ask?
Well as it appears, the project’s developer, the Sarot Property Group, fell into great financial difficulties during Turkey’s economic downturn – and they never had the chance to get back up again.
Despite the fact that around 350 of the villas were sold, mostly to Middle Eastern buyers, the company eventually filed for bankruptcy protection. This later led to some of the buyers backing out of their purchase after oil prices began to slump.
So presently, Turkey’s Burj Al Babas remains “unoccupied, unfinished and unopened,” wrote the news website.
Meanwhile, a China Global TV Network post shared that the abandoned housing development project costed “an estimated 200 million U.S. dollars.” Aside from the homes, there were also plans for cinemas, sports facilities, baths, and a shopping center but sadly, none of those ever materialized at all.
The Whale Shark Crisis In Oslob, Philippines
While the tourists are taking their Instagram-worthy snaps, the whales are suffering the consequences.
Big fish are big business in Oslob, Philippines. Aside from its traditional offers of sun, sea, and sand, the fourth class municipality in the province of Cebu has garnered a reputation for being a hub of whale shark tourism.
Its new slogan even says “Guaranteed whale shark sighting.” While that sounded like an ambitious claim, no one was ever disappointed as there are always whale sharks to see. With that said, it seems like a win-win situation for the tourists and the local community. But what about the whale sharks?
While the tourists are taking their Instagram-worthy snaps, the whales are suffering the consequences....
Here’s What Santa Claus Looks Like In Different Countries
#9 is a truly unique Yuletide tradition!
Most children believe in a big jolly man in a bright red suit and white beard carrying a sack full of toys during Christmas. However, Santa Claus doesn't look the same in other countries around the world. In some traditions, the generous being could be clad in green and sometimes isn't even a man at all.
The modern Saint Nicholas with his reindeers, chimney-climbing abilities, and trademark "Ho ho ho" became popular in the 19th century. While this is the jolly old Saint Nick we know, he has different faces, costumes, and personalities around the world. Here are a few of the different kinds of Santa Claus in other countries.
1. Père Noël or Papa Noël (France)
The Wonder of Santa Margarida: A Chapel Right Inside A Volcano
..And it has been sitting there for more than 600 years.
Amidst the vast land of Garrotxa, a comarca of Catalonia, Spain, lies a surrounding volcanic terrain in the Natural Park of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone.
At the Natural Park of La Garrotxa, there are several walking routes that will lead tourists to an interesting awe-inspiring wonder.