Al Bidya Mosque

Al Bidya Mosque

Fujeirah | UAE

Project Duration: 2018

Following the request of the Fujairah Tourism and Antiquities Authority of the Emirate of Fujairah, UAE, the IHM conducted a Feasibility study on the World Heritage potential of Al-Bidyah Mosque. Within the scope of this feasibility study, IHM’s tasks involved a basic assessment of the state of conservation of the mosque, its present use and relevance for the local community. This was done on the basis of research as well as a 5 day visit to the site, which allowed for communication with locals and detailed tours provided by representatives of Fujairah Tourism and Antiquities.

Al-Bidyah Mosque and two towers which are part of the Al Bidyah Fort were constructed by the Portoguese in the 17th century. The results of the study brought two options for Al-Bidyah Mosque: a vernacular architecture approach that focuses on the design and construction methods of the mosque; and the typological approach concerning the unusual ringed domes of the roof of the mosque. The IHM provided a list of Mosques in the Gulf for comparison and further steps were recommended to proceed with this project. A collaboration with Oman was suggested, as some similar Mosques were found there that could be included in this project.

Reference: Britta Rudolff, Susann Harder. Feasibility Study: The World Heritage Potential of Al Bidya Mosque. 2018. Unpublished.


Fujairah Tourism and Antiquities Authority of the Emirate of Fujairah, UAE


29 April 2021


Feasibility Study