Jami Al Hamoda Mosque

Mosque in Jalan Bani Bu Hassan & Jalan Bani Bu Ali

It’s worth trying to stumble on this aged and revered mosque. The low-lying prayer hall is unique on account of its profusion of 52 domes. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter, but it's possible to gain a vantage point across the mosque roof from the neighbouring buildings. A falaj (irrigation channel) used for ablutions runs through the courtyard and goats assemble in the shady lanes nearby. Getting to the mosque is half the fun as the road rides the fault line between settlement and sand.

Follow the signs for Jalan Bani Bu Ali at the roundabout off the Al Kamil to Al Ashkharah road, opposite the Oriental Shopping mall. Drive along the main street and head into a housing area. Turn left immediately after a dilapidated fort (obvious above the palm trees), and follow the tarmac road for half a kilometre. An alcoved water fountain, decorated with tiled butterflies, appears on the left and the mosque is around the next bend of the road.