In Jumeirah Dubai is found the most beautiful mosque in UAE. The Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most loved architectural treasures in Dubai. Opened in 1979, Jumeirah Grand Mosque was a gift from the Late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the former Ruler of Dubai and father of the current Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The name of the mosque was inspired by the thousands of visitors that visited the mosque every month.
The style of the architecture originated from Syria and Egypt and can accommodate approximately 1500 worshipers. Eight times the size of Cairo’s Al Azhar Mosque, the most is a great example of Islamic architecture. This is the only mosque in Dubai that is open to non-Muslims. The visit itself takes about an hour for a small fee. Mosque visitors get the chance to observe the prayer and learn more about the customs of worship and ask any questions under the banner program “Open doors. Open minds.” It is the most photographed mosque in the world and you can’t resist its beauty at night when it is lit up in the evening.
The fort is adorned with two minarets displaying intricate stonework, exemplifying the medieval Fatimid style of architecture. Enjoy and explore the Jumeirah Mosque, one can book a 75-minute guided tour with the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), which is organized six days a week from Saturday through to Thursday at 10:00. One has to reach the main entrance of the building by 9:45 without any prior reservations. Most unusually, photography inside is allowed, so it’s worth bringing a camera.
Would you like a tour at the mosque?
Visit tours are offered daily accept Friday and begin at 10am sharp. No pre-registration is required. Plan to arrive at 9:30am for registration and enjoy Emirati snacks and hot beverages. Doors will close at 10:05am and will reopen at 11:15am. There is only one guided tour daily. Entry fee is 20AED per person while children under 12 is free.
When visiting the mosque, the following dress code should be obeyed;
- Legs and arms must be covered. This is for both men and women.
- No shorts on clothing that goes above the ankle.
- No translucent or see-through clothing allowed
- Shoes must be removed outside the mosque
- Women visitors will have to cover their heads. Headscarves will be provided outside the mosque.