Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah Mosque Dubai Reviews
The only mosque in Dubai which permits non-Muslims to enter Feb 24, 2004
Okay, so I didn’t enter this splendid mosque, but I just read a comment by a fellow TravBuddy expressing dismay that he couldn’t enter any mosques in Dubai. I recall my friends noting this is the only mosque in Dubai which permits non-Muslims to enter, so I wanted to share some details in hopes of saving others from a similar fate.
You won’t be surprised to learn this beauty is located in Jumeirah, the exclusive neighborhood of Dubai where the Burj al Arab and most of the other outlandish resorts are located (i.e., you probably won’t be too far away!). Tours of the Jumeirah Mosque are organized by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and begin at 10AM each Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday (two times a day on Sundays and Thursdays during the fall/winter months). Reservations are not required and you just need to get to the back of the mosque by starting time.
As you might expect, modest dress is required (women will need to wear long sleeves and a hat or scarf over their hair, no shorts for men or women) and you have to take your shoes off before entering. The tour takes roughly 1-1/2 hours and there is a section providing information about Islam. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this tour is that they permit photography – so please drop in and take some pictures so I can see what I missed!
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