Majestic mosques of Dubai

Picturesque mosques can be seen in almost every corner in Dubai. These beautiful structures are awe-inspiring places of worship even when viewed from afar. They come in all sizes and shapes, but the domes and minarets distinctive of Muslim architecture are always impressive. In Dubai, there are two great mosques that captivate the sights of every tourist and resident. They are simply breathtaking wonders worth a visit or two.

Grand Mosque

An important Dubai monument, the Grand Mosque in Bur Dubai is the main center of worship in the city. It is located in the historic Al Fahidi district near the Dubai Creek. Originally built in 1900, it was demolished and rebuilt a couple of times. Lastly rebuilt in 1998, the Grand Mosque can now hold up to 1,200 worshippers. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the mosque, but they can visit the minaret and take photographs from there. It has the city's tallest minaret measuring 70 meters (230 feet) and resembling a lighthouse. The mosque's sandy grey walls blend perfectly with the quaint wind tower houses of its neighboring old town of Al Bastakiya.

Jumeirah Mosque

One of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world, the Jumeirah Mosque is a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture. It is the most photographed mosque in Dubai, and is considered a city landmark with its majestic dome and twin minarets. The mosque offers a breathtaking view at night when its dramatic lighting lends a more ethereal glow to the structure.

The Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai where non-Muslims can enter. For only Dhs10 per person, you can visit the mosque and attend a lively discussion about Emirati culture and religion. Tours are available daily except Fridays at 10 AM. Modest dressing is advised, and traditional Muslim attire can also be borrowed from the mosque.

Photo Credits:  Mosques in Dubai, TripAdvisor

No comments