Arabic Architecture

Conditioned by the climate, local resources and culture, many of the attributes, charms and practicalities of the traditional house are featured in the recently renovated Bait Al Naboodah.

Privacy, cooling and security were of the utmost importance with these features controlling the layout of the houses. Architectural designs of columns, doors, windows and wind towers followed the Islamic theme of geometric and floral patterns. Whilst the Al Naboodah house has no wind tower, other cooling characteristics are clearly demonstrated.

The wind tower (a unique feature to this area) created air circulation within a room. The shape of the tower with its four triangular shafts caught any passing breeze, channeled the air down one side of the tower and forced it up again through another.

Houses were constructed from local coral stone and gypsum with wooded roof beams covered by barasti (date palm fronds). The earliest form of shelter following the bedu tents, consisted of barasti only.

Whether old or new the vernacular design is both functional and arresting.