VIDEO: 1000-year-old mosque discovered in UAE
- 09 September 2018
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A mosque, believed to be 1,000 years old, has been discovered close to the construction site of the Sheikh Khalifa mosque in Al Ain, UAE.
Archaeologists from the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) discovered several falaj (irrigation waterways), at least three buildings and, more significantly, a mosque which dates back to Islam's early golden age of the Abbasid Caliphate - 1,000 years ago. The mosque is the earliest yet discovered in the UAE.
Take a look at the below video posted by DCT Abu Dhabi.
Our archaeologists have discovered the UAE's oldest mosque in #AlAin. The 1000-year old mosque along with a network of falaj dating back to Islam’s Early Golden Age of the Abbasid Caliphate is expected to shed new light on UAE’s history at the dawn of Islam pic.twitter.com/6OQfYVQLj4— Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (@dctabudhabi) September 8, 2018
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: "The new findings at the Al Ain archaeological sites prove the richness of the region's history, which allows us to expand our knowledge of ages long past. The discovery of a mosque from the Abbasid period in Al Ain demonstrates the deeply-rooted influences of Islam in the region, despite the immense distance from where Islam first emerged and at a time when modes of transportation were quite rudimentary.
"However, these findings display clear and profound cultural influences that reveal how the connections established by our ancestors with neighbouring cultures and nations transcended borders and surmounted transport difficulties, which in turn calls for further analysis to form a holistic understanding of our past."
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