Time Frame: All the makings of a landmark

Fujairah is home to the country’s oldest working mosque, Al Bidya. The small, stone structure is believed to date from the 15th century and is a landmark for worshippers and tourists. But the emirate now also has another unique place of worship.

In this photo from 2012, we can see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque under construction, with its soaring minarets nearing completion.

Located close to the centre of town, it has 65 domes and six minarets. The mosque is second in size only to the capital’s Grand Mosque, can accommodate 28,000 worshippers and opened to the public a year ago.

But most striking is the building’s design, which is modelled on the magnificent Ottoman-era mosques such as the Blue Mosque and Süleymaniye Mosque. These still dominate Istanbul’s skyline, centuries after they were built – a feat the

Fujairah mosque would no doubt be proud to emulate.

* John Dennehy

Published: September 6, 2016 04:00 AM

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