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.
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.
Jumairah Mosque is indeed the most beautiful mosque in Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding organizes guided visits to this beautiful mosque on Sunday and Thursday mornings for non-muslim tourists. Visitors are expected to wear modest clothes and cover up themselves properly.
This mosque is fine example of Islamic architecture. It has been built with cream colored stones. It especially looks lovely at night when all lights in the mosque are swtiched-on. Jumairah mosque is also featured on AED. 500 bank note.
In short, visit to this beautiful mosque is must for every tourist who comes to Dubai.
Every Thursdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m., the Jumeirah Mosque is open for everybody for tours. Just be there before the time and pay 10 AED for registration. It is organised by The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. This is a non-profit organization that aims to remove the barriers between culttures especially for those living in the UAE. During the tour, there are representatives who explains about Islam including prayers and the pillars of Islam. They also talk about food, clothes, etc that is locally used in the UAE. This is a fun and educational tour. There is a dress code for ladies to be covered from head to foot and for men not to wear shorts. If you do not have any head cover with you or abaya, the center can lend one for you.
The nicest one in Dubai, if you ask my opinion. The design is exactly what us, profanes in Islam religion, understand for a mosque and the decoration is absolyutely beautiful. It is a nice sight from the road, all white and shiny under the sun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The beautiful Jumeirah Mosque lies in the Jumeirah Beach area and is a typical example of Dubai mosque architecture. It is the only mosque in Dubai that allows non-Moslems to visit the interior. Make sure you dress conservatively when you enter (men shouldn't wear shorts and women should cover as much of their bodies as possible - a head scarf would be considered respectful).
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