WE EXPLORE – Al Bidyah (Aka Al Bidiyah or Al Badiyah)
Novotel Hotel was our chosen destination for a break excursion trip outside the congested city life. It is indeed the budget and family friendly spot in Fujairah where we spent our memorable getaway. They offers us a tour to Fujairah’s famous & historic spots.
Our driver cum tour guide Binil was so interactive and informative we headed for City tour after breakfast and went straight to Al Bidyah Mosque. It was a stretched drive from hotel but the view through the windows alongside the steep roads has incredible vista you won’t see much often, those dramatic upto 6 shades scenery of gigantic mountains and rocky hills (Just like how we draw on paper one over other), UAE Flags and heart shape paintings spotted by 2 little humans in our car and stop by for KARAK CHAI in roadside market kept us so busy that we dint feel the way. Our first stop over was an old town.
The petite fishing township of Badiyah (also spelt Bidyah and Bidiya), few kms north of Khor Fakkan but in the Fujairah emirate, is one of the oldest villages in the Gulf. Al Bidyah Mosque is located there and thought to be as early as 1446 AD. The mosque is named after this town and it is also known as the Ottoman, after the name of personality who built it.
CONSTRUCTION & CULTURAL VALUE:
Archaeological digs show that this town has been settled continuously since the 3rd millennium BC. Today, it is notorious primarily for AlBidyah mosque , a charming sand-colored formation of boulder, stone, mire, mud brick and minerals built before1668, it is unique structure in UAE due to it’s engineering features. The building’s crown, with its four pointed domes supported by an internal pillar, is particularly idiosyncratic and its plain and minimal interior has an attractive reflective sense & deep rooted-cultured sagacity.
HERITAGE MONUMENT & GALLANT:
Considered as the the oldest worship place in the UAE, it now functions chiefly as a tourist attraction. Non-Muslims may enter if they are suitably clad and have taken off their shoes, but women must cover their heads & shoulders. The mosque is built over a stumpy hillside along the main road just north of the town or Fujairah before you get to Al Aqqah hotels and beach resort.
We had some time hence decided to see the castle above the mosque. This is an important archaeological site in the UAE. When you live in hustle bustle of the cuities you don’t get these natural sites of mountain and huge palm trees and sandy castle. Hence Fujairah cast its own charm, while I visited this mosque a year back I couldn’t go up in the castles however this time my mini companions, Misha & Wisam have actually made the journey so adventurous and fun filled that inspite of struggle climbing to make it to two fort/castles standing behind the mosque, I dint feel much of energy lost.
The view from the top chamber of the “Qilla” is so unique though there is not much history of that era but long-lived local people mentioned that these castles are been built to keep a watch on the movements of opponent’s army while a battle has been fought here. You can view some glorious view of wide spread trees and desert along with the coast line.