The Best Historical Sights in the UAE

Jazirat Al Hamra
Jazirat Al Hamra | © Kemal Kestelli/Flickr
Thais Kelly

Although the UAE was only founded in 1971 and is better known for its skyscrapers, there’s still a lot of history in this small Middle Eastern country. All history enthusiasts should take a trip to the UAE and its historical sites to better understand Emirati culture and what life was like before the tallest building in the world and luxury cars appeared.

Jazirat Al Hamra

For those who love history and adrenaline, Jazirat Al Hamra is a must-see destination. This village is better known as Ghost Town, as urban legend says the area was haunted by jinns, or ghosts from Islamic Folklore. It is believed that the village dates back to the 14th century. Today, tourists visiting Ras Al Khaimah can walk through Ghost Town and visit the historic site, which is basically in ruins. Although ghost sightings are not guaranteed, old residences, mosques and more are.

Al Jazirat Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah

Al Badiyah Mosque

Al Badiyah Mosque is the oldest still-standing mosque in the UAE, located in the Emirate of Fujairah. It is believed to date back to the 15th century, and it’s very different from modern mosques in the UAE. It’s small and simple and nothing like the marble and jewel-adorned Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Al Badiyah Mosque is rustic and gives a sense of what life was like in the UAE before the country boomed.

Al Badiyah Mosque, Al Badiyah, Fujairah, +971 9 234 3363

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