United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Al Badiyah Mosque & Fort – Oldest Mosque in the United Arab Emirates

Located in a village town of the Fujairah Emirate, Al Badiyah Mosque is the oldest mosque in the United Arab Emirates.  It’s estimated to date back to the 15th Century!  The structure is made entirely of mud and stone.

Exterior of Mosque

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Interior of the Mosque

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The emirate of Fujairah at Al Badiyah hill fort

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  1. I loved seeing these photos. What an exotic and lovely location. Malta, where we lived for a while, has small forts called ‘fortizzi’ (meaning ‘little forts’, more or less) that were set up in high places all around the perimeter of the three Maltese islands. Most were built during the Renaissance. If ships from the Ottoman Turks were spotted on the coast of Malta, a fire would be started on top of a ‘fortizzi’. Wood was always already piled up so a fire could be made in a short amount of time. When the next ‘fortizzi’ saw the smoke, a fire would be started there and so on and so on… Do you know if that small hill fort in your photo was used for the same reason – warning that enemies were near? ++ The Knights of St. John was founded during the European Crusades to ‘liberate’ the ‘Holy Land’ from the Muslims. Lies were invented about how the Turks were ‘mistreating’ the Christians…hence, the Crusades… The Ottoman Turks and the Knights of St. John fought each other even after the crusades were over. Each would attack the ships of the other in the Med. Sea. And the Ottoman Turks once almost totally cleared out the population in the tiny Maltese island of Gozo – selling the Maltese for slaves. ++ Basically – both sides gave each other a hard time. And that’s why there are ‘fortizzis’ in Malta !! ; o )

    • You are very well traveled Cecile. I’m very much into History and now I want to travel to Malta to see these Fortizzis! Honestly, the little forts on top of the hill had little information surrounding them. However there is a water well located in front of the ancient mosque on the bottom of the hill. Our tour guide has pointed out that whenever water was found in the desert, the bedouins would build a fort around it. Finding water in the desert is like finding gold and they would guard it. Every fort I visited in the UAE always had a water well. I’m assuming here the forts were built on top of the hill to protect their well from intruders.

  2. What beautiful architecture! So simple on the outside but yet beautiful in its own right. The interior has a lot of visual appeal too to detail. I enjoy your posts A.K., they’re an interesting peek into a part of the world that is so steeped in history.

  3. Wow… I have visited many mosques before but this one I love. Simple but unique in its own way. Modern architecture is great but the modest architecture I see here is better!

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