Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai

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    One Mosque allowed entry for Non Muslims

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 29, 2013

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    There are actually many mosques around the beach road in Jumeirah Beach but the largest and Grandest of them all is the Jumeirah Mosque. It is one of the few mosques in the United Arab Emirates where Non Muslims are allowed entry on certain days, on public tours via their open minds and open hearts program. If you want a public tour, you can call the number below and visit their website. It is the most photographed mosque in Dubai Emirate (but if you to see the Largest Mosque in the UAE, you have to visit the Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi). The Mosque lies across the Palm Strip Mall and Dubai Marine Resort in Jumeirah Beach Road.

    Public Tours: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00.

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    Over the past ten years, the Jumeirah Mosque has become renowned as the focal point of our “Open doors. Open minds.” programme as it is the only mosque in Dubai which is open to the public. and dedicated to receiving non-Muslim guests. Come and join a unique opportunity to learn about Emirati culture and religion in a relaxed, casual and open atmosphere at this landmark mosque.

    The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding hosts visits of the Grand Jumeirah Mosque 6 days a week Saturday through Thursday at 10:00am. You do not need a reservation to attend this visit, but you must arrive at the main entrance to the Jumeirah Mosque by approximately 9.45am. Each tour lasts approximately 75 minutes.

    Modest dress is preferred, however traditional attire can be borrowed from the Mosque.

    If you are not able to join one of the public visits, private visits of Jumeirah Mosque, Diwan Mosque or Grand Rashidiya Mosque (where we host programmes exclusively for educational institutions) can be arranged. Please Contact Us directly for more information.

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    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 21, 2013
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    The beautiful "Jumeirah Mosque" in Dubai is a much-photographed landmark, especially when lit up against an evening sky. Built in the Medieval Fatimid tradition, the Jumeirah Mosque has a capacity of 1,200 people.

    The Jumeirah Mosque as a stone structure is a tribute to modern Islamic architecture. While strolling through the Mosque at sunset, you will be washed in shadows by this elegant formation.

    Considered to be one of the most attractive mosques in Dubai, the "Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding" organizes visits to the Jumeirah Mosque for non-Muslims, aimed at promoting cultural understanding and first-hand experience as an insight to the Islamic religion. Of course locals and Muslims can visit the mosque and pray anytime ..

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    Jumeirah Mosque

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2013

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    It’s easy to notice that this mosque is a recent building, with the opulence and richness that are becoming standard in Dubai, but it’s also noticeable that it was built with full respect for traditional Islamic architecture, and a good taste in the decorative details.

    The result of this combination of modernity and respect for tradition is positive, and the mosque is a beautiful temple in all the plans and from any distance.

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    Jumeriah Mosque.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 2, 2013

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    This is possibly the loveliest mosque in Dubai. We have passed it many times by bus, but this was the first time we stopped off to take photos. It is the only mosque in Dubai that non-Mulims can go inside, but to do so you must be on a tour arranged by the Centre for Cultural Understanding. We just viewed it from the outside.

    You can get here by number 8 bus from Gubaiba Bus Station or the Gold Souq Bus Station. Across the road from the mosque is Jumeriah public Beach.

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    Insight into Islam

    by Gillybob Updated Sep 10, 2012

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    As part of it's "Open Doors. Open Minds" project, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding hosts visits of the Grand Jumeirah Mosque every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday starting at 10:00. It is a great opportunity for non-Muslims to visit this mosque, the only one in Dubai which is open to non-Muslim visitors.

    You do not need a reservation to attend a visit, but must arrive at the main entrance to Mosque by 09:45 to ensure entrance.

    Each tour lasts approximately 75 minutes during which time volunteers are happy to show you around the mosque, as well as explain the principles of Islam and techniques of worship, including preparation.

    I enjoyed my visit and was impressed by the volunteers' attention to detail and willingness to answer the many questions put to them.

    Of course, you will be visiting a mosque and it is important to dress appropriately with a top that covers the shoulders (at least) and shows no cleavage (for women) and a suitable bottom which covers to below the knees. If necessary, appropriate attire can be hired.

    Tours cost 10 UAED.

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    by Airpunk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the most beautiful mosques in Dubai is the one in Jumeirah. It was built in 1983 but still has the traditional style from older mosques. As non-muslims are not allowed to enter a mosque, you’ll only be able to admire the beauty of the building from outside.
    It was only after returning to Germany, that I also noted a possibility to enter this building as a non-muslim. For that, please check the link below.

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    Jumeirah Mosque - an insight into Islam

    by JessH Updated May 24, 2009

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    Jumeirah Mosque: most beautiful at night (Dubai)
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    You know you've entered the most expensive part of town (Jumeirah) once you spot the gorgeous Jumeirah Mosque.

    This is an impressive example of modern Islamic architecture; the mosque and its 2 minarets (towers) are unmistakable. It was completed in 1983 & is one of the prettiest in Dubai.

    It is particularly attractive at night when subtle lighting kisses each intricate detail of its artistry and increases its dramatic effect.

    The call to prayer was traditionally made by the "Muezzin" from the top of the minaret. But, "Allah-u-Akbar" (God is Great) is now heard with the help of high-powered speakers 5 times a day.

    Dubai is a city of mosques, since it was ordered by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum (former Ruler of Dubai) that mosques shall be no more than 500 meters apart.

    Mosque literally means a place of prostration and worship.
    The Muezzin is chosen to serve at the mosque for his good character, voice, and skills. When calling to prayer, the muezzin faces each of the 4 compass directions in turn while he cries out the Adhan (call to prayer).

    Under normal circumstances, non-Muslims are not allowed to enter mosques; however, The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding organises tours that gives visitors a chance to view the city's most magnificent mosque up close and to encourage expatriates and non-Muslims to know more about Islam, Arabic culture & religious practices. Their Motto is Open doors - Open minds.

    NOTE: Women - Please make sure when planning to visit the mosque that you are dressed decently: trousers or wide skirt covering the knees, covering the shoulders & elbows (bringing a light shawl / pashmina is very helpful). It is regarded as especially respectful to cover your hair as well.
    --> Resident's Tip: Sit outside at one of these nearby eateries for the best chance of hearing the Muezzin's amazing call to prayer:
    Japengo Restaurant in Palm Strip Mall.
    The LimeTree Cafe.
    Saladicious next to "The One".
    TGI Friday's near the LimeTree Cafe.

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    Jumeirah Mosque Tour

    by chizz Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    Take a tour of the mosque on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10am. Learn about Islam and ask questions too. Women - dress modestly, covering head, arms and legs. Abayas and head coverings can be loned to women though on arrival. Small entrance fee (approx. 20 dirhams). Can get crowded.

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    Jumeirah Mosque

    by xiquinho Written Dec 29, 2007

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    The Jumeirah Mosque is arguably one of the most impressive mosques in the world and is definitely Dubai's architectural jewel.

    Its twin minarets rise to dizzying heights either side of the vastly impressive central dome of the main building. Non-Muslims are only allowed inside on organised tours, but even from outside the mosque is staggeringly beautiful. Visit at night for the best view when the structure is carefully floodlit, throwing its elaborate features into shadow.

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    by zuyao Written Apr 9, 2007

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    This is the most beautiful mosque in Dubai. Built of stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this mosque is actually a new architecture. This is also the only mosque which is open to visits by non-Muslims - which is probably why it is a popular tourist attraction. Guided tours are conducted by The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. The tours start at 10am on Thursdays and Sundays. The mosque is not open to non-Muslims at other times.

    Actually, while the mosque is beautiful, I do not really find it an architectural wonder. I've seen more beautiful mosques in Malaysia. But this mosque still makes for nice pictures!

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    Jumeirah Mosque

    by call_me_rhia Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    Dubai's most impressive building is possibly Jumeirah Mosque - which is neither a modern nor a futuristic building. It's the city's largest and one of the most beautiful Jummosque mixing modern Islamic architecture with medieval fatimid tradition. It's completely built in stone and covered with intricate decorations and bas-relief (?) patterns - basically it looks as if it was covered in lace.

    It's possible to visit it, but if you are not muslim, I believe, need to be part of a guided tour. There are selected days and times to visit it, and you can only do it with their "official" visit: it's like mickey mouse explaining the quran to a group of idiots... very disappointing. Such a visit, if I were a muslim, I would call it insulting. The interior of the mosque is nothing spectacular, by the way.

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    Jumeira Mosque

    by xaver Written Mar 5, 2007

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    One of the largest and most beautiful mosques is the Jumairah Mosque. It is a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture and is built of stone in medieval Fatimid tradition, the mosque is a city landmark in Dubai. It is particularly attractive at night when subtle lighting throws it artistry into relief.
    You can enter on sunday and thursday morning just mind to be there before 10 am and book the visit.
    We did and I will comment the visit on a tourist trap tip.

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    Jumeirah Mosque

    by rossbaku Written Nov 26, 2006

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    Although Non-Muslims are forbidden to enter a mosque, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence has set up the "The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding", which means that there are tours that run for Jumeirah Mosque.

    Tours run every Sunday and Thursday at 10am. Here are a few tips from the SMCCU website:

    * Kindly do not enter the mosque unless accompanied by registered guide from Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
    * Tour companies must not enter the mosque unless accompanied by a registered guide from Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
    * Conservative dress for both men and ladies is essential; loose trousers, or long skirts, long sleeves, and a head scarf for ladies. No shorts for men.
    * Please do not touch books displayed on shelves inside the mosque.
    * Please remove shoes before entering the mosque.
    * Do not forget your camera! You are welcome to take photographs

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    by pakistanibrain Written Oct 30, 2006

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    This is one of the most famous mosques in Dubai and as far as I know the only one that offers organized tours for foreign tourists on a regular basis.

    It is undoubtedly a beautiful mosque and definitely worth visiting when you come to Dubai.

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    by Dominique2k Written Aug 14, 2006

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    This mosque is open to visitors Thurs, Sun & i think Tues. Tour begins at 10am, and don't be late otherwise you will miss out. Cost is 10 dirhams. Women must wear a long skirt/loose fitting pants, long sleeve shirt (or shawl to cover the upper body), and something to cover your hair (again for ladies). The tour is an hour presentation on the basic teachings & unerstandings of the Islamic faith, cultural norms of Dubai and the gulf region. It is worth going as this is the only mosque in Dubai that allows non muslim visitors to visit inside. Definitely must visit when in Dubai.

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