IN PICTURES: UAE’s earliest mosque dating back 1,000 years found in Al Ain

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A mosque dating back 1,000 years, to Islam’s Early Golden Age of the Abbasid Caliphate, has been found in the UAE.

Abu Dhabi-based archeologists found the mosque in the city of Al Ain, along with three other buildings and irrigation waterways believed to have been from the same period.

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oldest uae mosque

Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi chairman, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, was quoted by local media as saying: “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,” he added.

oldest uae mosque
oldest uae mosque

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