If you have visited in the summer, you may have sought to escape the heat with a trip to the Southeast Coast.However the Emirate has some excellent historical sights to explore throughout the year.
Al Bidya Mosque
Al Bidya is thought to date back to 1446, when it was built into the hillside between the Gulf and the Hajar Mountains, though new research proposes it may be over a century younger than originally believed. Because it’s made entirely of mud and stone, radiocarbon dating a precise age is impossible.
The mosque is located near the village of Al Bidya in the east coast emirate of Fujairah. Its origins largely remain a mystery. Even local elders reportedly know little about its early history.
Al Bidya is uniquely built, mainly because it has fewer domes than other mosques. It has four layered domes, each containing a central pillar to support the structure. While it now has modern lighting and air conditioning, the worn minbar (pulpit), niches for decoration or lighting, and tiny windows for lighting and ventilation echo to a bygone era.
Modestly dressed tourists may visit this place of worship, which still features daily prayers. The surrounding area also includes old watchtowers, ruins of buildings, and market stalls where crafts are currently sold. The area is dotted with local flora.
Open daily from 9AM – 5PM
The Emirate of Fujairah is rich in archeological treasures some of which date back to about five centuries ago including castles, forts, towers and mosques.
These forts and castles were used for defensive purposes in repelling invaders and maintaining the soil of the homeland and its identity, and the Fujairah Fort is one of the important and largest forts of the Emirate. The Fujairah Fort is characterized by its position on a high hill in the old Fujairah region, and built up to about 20 meters above sea level, and overseas the whole city of Fujairah at this height and is three kilometers away from the coast.
The design of the Fujairah Fort differs completely from the usual engineering designs of the rest of the forts of the state. Existing buildings three circular towers and a fourth square tower and a tall building with a section similar to the tower, these buildings are linked by a wall between the towers to form a central hall in the middle. This irregular Design has emerged as one with several specificities, of the irregular shape of the rocks upon which the fort was built.
Fujairah Fort was built from local materials involving stone, gravel, clay, hay, and alsarooj substance (gypsum).
Open daily from 9AM – 5PM
The Museum created in 1991 by the Governor of Fujairah, aiming to present to the visitor archaeological and ethnographic elements representative of 5,000 years of human history in the region.
The small museum, whose infography does not seem to have been refreshed since its opening, remains one of the most consistent in the country on this theme. The small red stone building has two cannons placed on either side of its front door, and is located at the bottom of an area with parking lots and a large lawn, with a miniature reproduction of Fujairah Fort in the middle. At the ticket counter, many flyers of the tourist office can be taken away, and a small souvenir shop sells some local handicrafts and products. An L-shaped hallway is devoted to ethnography, highlighting the diversity of the populations living in the region. The opportunity to discover weapons, utensils, costumes and local folklore as well as the main activities: agriculture, fishing and pottery. Two large halls with imposing hanging chandeliers are devoted to archeology and cover an earlier period beginning 3000 BC. Bronze jewelry, coins, and pottery remains can be seen there. Highlight of the visit, a U-shaped tomb dating back to 2000 BC, transferred inside the museum.
Weekdays : 8.30 AM – 1.30 PM 4.30 PM – 6.30 PM
Friday: 2.00 PM – 6.30 PM
AED 5 (Rs.95)