ADIAS carried out an initial archaeological survey of Dalma
island in 1992. A total of more than 20 archaeological sites were
identified on the island, ranging in time from the Neolithic (Late Stone
Age) to important early twentieth century buildings.
A brief description of these important early twentieth century buildings
is provided in King (1998). Information on the
architecture and layout of the Bayt
al-Muraykhî house is shortly about to be published (King, in press).
information on the three mosques is currently being prepared for publication
as part of a larger project on the mosques of Abu Dhabi (King forthcoming).
Dr Geoffrey King and Dr Mark Beech visited Dalma island on 10-11
April 2004. The following guided tours of the three mosques were filmed
by Dr Mark Beech. Dr Geoffrey King provides commentary on the english
language versions, and Fathy Mohammed Abdullah, curator of the Bayt
al-Muraykhi Museum from Dalma Public Works Department, provides arabic
commentary on the film of the Al Muhannadi mosque.
The following short film clips are in
MPG format, and can be viewed using the Windows Media Player. Just click
on the links below to directly load the film, or select right click
on your mouse and then choose the option "Save Target As...".
You may then save the films to your hard drive before playing them.
These film clips are all about 7.5 MB so please be patient and allow
them time to download.
Al Muraykhi mosque, Dalma town.
download a film interview with Dr Geoffrey King who provides a guided
tour of the Al-Muraykhi mosque click
here - MPG format 7.52 MB ]
Al Dawsari mosque (formerly known as the Sa'id Jum'a al-Qubaysi mosque),
download a film interview
with Dr Geoffrey King who provides a guided tour of the Al-Dawsari mosque
click here - MPG format
7.51 MB ]
Al Muhannadi mosque (formerly known as the Sa'id 'Ali al-Qubaysi mosque),
download a film interview
with Dr Geoffrey King who provides a guided tour of the Al-Muhannadi
mosque click here -
MPG format 7.56 MB, or
download a film interview with Fathy
Mohammed Abdullah who provides a guided tour in arabic of the Al-Muhannadi
mosque click here - MPG
format 7.9 MB ]
Visit also the Dalma island ADIAS project
King, G.R.D. 1998. Abu Dhabi
Islands Archaeological Survey: Season I - An Archaeological Survey of
Sir Bani Yas, Dalma and Marawah: Season One. Trident Press: London.
[ To purchase this book (ISBN 1-900724-14-6) visit Trident
(with architectural drawings by D. Connolly). 2004 . Bayt al-Muraykhî:
a later Islamic pearl merchant's house at Dalmâ, Abu Dhabi Emirate.
(Journal of the Emirates Natural History Group) 14.1:
[ to download this article in Acrobat .pdf format click here (1.54 MB) ] .
King, G.R.D. (with ground-plans
and elevational drawings by David Connolly). 2004. The Traditional Mosques
of Dalma, Abu Dhabi Emirate. Tribulus (Journal of the Emirates Natural
History Group) 14.2: 23-31.
[ to download this article in Acrobat .pdf format click
here (536 Kb) ] .
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King, G.R.D. in prep. The Mosques of Abu Dhabi.