and gain insight into the Islamic faith. There is no need to reserve ahead of time for the tours, which the Sheikh Mohammed Centre leads for Cultural Understanding, but you should arrive early for registration, which begins at 9:30 a.m. In keeping with the SMCCU's motto of "Open minds, open doors," visitors are welcome to ask any questions they may have about the area and religion, with no subject off limits. This informal tour provides a wonderful introduction to the Five Pillars of Islam.
Water, dates, Arabic coffee, tea, and Emirati pastries are served at the end of the 75-minute trip, which costs 25 dirhams ($7). Private trips to the mosque can be arranged through the SMCCU in addition to these scheduled excursions. Instead, you can contact the center to set up a special group tour if you're traveling with ten or more individuals.
The Structure Of Jumeirah Mosque
The posh district of Jumeirah 1's Jumeirah Beach Road is home to the Jumeirah Mosque. The mosque was constructed in 1976 and is composed of white stone that has been intricately carved in the Middle Eastern and North African medieval Fatimid style, complete with fortress-like crenellations and sculpted archways. The two minarets (towers) that tower above the structure are the first thing you'll notice from the exterior; the muezzin issues daily calls to prayer from the balconies of these towers.
The four lesser domes that encircle the mosque's larger central dome have individual decorations with elaborate stone carvings. Brass lanterns illuminate the main prayer hall and nooks around it as they hang from the ceiling of the quiet room, which is adorned inside in calming shades of apricot, cream, and duck-egg blue.
You will discover the significance of the Qiblah, a semicircular niche in the wall that points in the direction of the Kaaba, or The Cube, in Mecca, during the Jumeirah Mosque tour. Up to 1,200 worshippers turn to pray where the Imam stands to lead prayers five times per day.
Dress codes are in place since this is a place of worship. Both men and women must always cover their shoulders and knees, and their attire should be loose-fitting and opaque. Women, you must also cover your heads with a scarf. If you haven't packed the proper apparel, don't worry; the mosque will lend you some.
Cameras are allowed inside the mosque as part of the SMCCU's "Open mind, open door" policy, making Jumeirah Mosque the most photographed mosque in Dubai. Arrive at nightfall for the most breathtaking outside pictures, even though the cool white walls look wonderful against a clear blue sky during the day. The white stone changes as the sun sets into a rich blush before fading into a lovely golden shade. The mosque is illuminated from below after dusk to highlight the intricate stone decorations.
What's Close By
Following your tour of the Jumeirah Mosque in the morning, go for five minutes to Jumeirah Public Beach, where you may cool yourself in the Arabian Gulf and snap pictures of the famed Burj Al Arab, Dubai's most opulent hotel and one of its most interesting architectural creations.
Visit the Etihad Museum to see the spot of the foundation of the United Arab Emirates, which is 10 minute's walk to the north. The agreements to unite the Arab states were signed here in the Union House in 1971.
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