Al Badiyah

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Al Badiyah

2011-0209-Al Badiyah Mosque.jpg
Al Badiyah is located in United Arab Emirates
Al Badiyah
Al Badiyah
Coordinates: 25°25′53″N 56°20′54″E / 25.43139°N 56.34833°E / 25.43139; 56.34833Coordinates: 25°25′53″N 56°20′54″E / 25.43139°N 56.34833°E / 25.43139; 56.34833
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
33 m (111 ft)
Portuguese Fortress Al Badiyah (Libedia). "Livro das plantas de todas as fortalezas, cidades e povoaçoens do Estado da India Oriental / António Bocarro [1635]."

Al Badiyah (Arabic: البدية‎) is a settlement in the Emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

Al Badiyah is the site of the Al Badiyah Mosque, the oldest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, dating back to the 15th century.[1][2][3]

Portuguese fort[edit]

Remains of a Portuguese era fort have been discovered in the village by a team of Australian archaeologists. The fort, originally called 'Libidia', was identified from a 16th-century map. Its walls were constructed using rock recovered from a nearby tower dated back to the third millennium BCE.[4] These walls, some 60 metres in length, are joined in a square with towers on each corner and stand today at a height of up to a meter. Finds at the site of the fort include locally made pottery dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries and charcoal samples unearthed were carbon dated to 1450–1600, within the context of the Portuguese presence in the Gulf.m[5]


  1. ^ "Designs on the past". Gulf News. December 10, 2001. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Lee, Jess. "Al-Bidyah Mosque". 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Fujairah. Planetware. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ "The oldest mosque in the country". The National. UAE. December 4, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  4. ^ United Arab Emirates : a new perspective. Abed, Ibrahim., Hellyer, Peter. London: Trident Press. 2001. p. 92. ISBN 1900724472. OCLC 47140175.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Ziolkowski, Michelle (Winter 1999). "Excavations at al-Bidiyya: new light on the Portuguese presence in the Emirates". Tribulus: 19–20.

External links[edit]

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