Al Badiyah
Al-Bidya mosque
Al-Bidya mosque
Al Badiyah is located in United Arab Emirates
Al Badiyah
Al Badiyah
Location in the U.A.E.
Coordinates: 25°25′53″N 56°20′54″E / 25.43139°N 56.34833°E / 25.43139; 56.34833
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
 • TypeMonarchy
 • EmirSheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi (Al Sharqi)
 • Crown PrinceMohammad bin Hamad Al Sharqi
33 m (111 ft)
 • Total7,153[1]
Time zoneUTC+4

Al-Badiyah (Arabic: ٱلْبَدِيَة) or Al-Bidyah (ٱلْبِدْيَة) is a settlement in the Emirate of Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates. It is the site of a historical mosque of the same name, which is the oldest functional mosque in the country, dating back to the 15th century.[2][3][4]

Portuguese fort

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.[5] These walls, some 60 metres (200 feet) 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.[6]

Portuguese Fortress Al Badiyah (Libedia). Livro das plantas de todas as fortalezas, cidades e povoaçoens do Estado da India Oriental / António Bocarro [1635].


  1. ^ City Facts
  2. ^ "Designs on the past". Gulf News. 10 December 2001. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  3. ^ Lee, Jess. "Al-Bidyah Mosque". 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Fujairah. Planetware. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. ^ "The oldest mosque in the country". The National. UAE. 4 December 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  5. ^ Abed, Ibrahim; Hellyer, Peter (2001). United Arab Emirates : a new perspective. London: Trident Press. p. 92. ISBN 1-9007-2447-2. OCLC 47140175.
  6. ^ Ziolkowski, Michelle (Winter 1999). "Excavations at al-Bidiyya: new light on the Portuguese presence in the Emirates". Tribulus: 19–20.

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