The Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai that allows non-Muslims to enter and teaches visitors to Dubai the basics of the Islamic faith in "Open Doors Open Mind" tours.
The majestic Jumeirah Mosque is one of our top 10 attractions in Dubai. As it is open to non-Muslims and guided tours are available, a visit to the mosque brings with it interesting information about Islam and its traditions.
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PICTURES: Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai
The elegant Jumeirah Mosque is made entirely of white stone and is often called the most beautiful mosque in Dubai. It was built between 1975 and 1978 especially for the residents of Dubai's Jumeirah district, because according to the law, each believer may only walk a maximum of 1 kilometre to the next mosque. At night, the entire mosque is brightly lit, which makes the delicate art of its façade even more impressive.
Visit the Jumeirah Mosque
The two 70m towering minarets flank a massive dome and also mark the main entrance to the mosque on the corner of Jumeirah Road and Al-Dhiyafah Road. The mosque is separated from the noisy main road by carefully tended green spaces.
The Jumeirah Mosque can accommodate around 1,200 worshippers. Two enormous chandeliers made of the finest Murano glass catch the eye as soon as you enter the vestibule. Otherwise, the interior design is rather restrained so that the worshippers can concentrate primarily on prayer.
Moroccan brass lamps, a discreet blue carpet, its columns and arcades and the huge domed roof with another monstrous chandelier give the large prayer room a typically oriental atmosphere. The symmetrical architecture of the Jumeirah Mosque with its five domes and two minarets can also be seen inside.
The prayer room for the women is separate from the main hall and is behind a plain entrance to the left.
Open Doors Open Mind Tours
The Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai that can be visited by non-Muslims. For several years, there was no mosque in the entire United Arab Emirates that was open to "non-believers". Now the Sheikh Zayid Mosque in Abu Dhabi is also among those open to non-believers.
English-language "Open Doors Open Mind" tours in a relaxed, open-hearted atmosphere are offered almost every day at 10 am and last around 1.5 hours. Registration is not required. Appropriate clothing that covers the knees and shoulders or, in the case of women, also the hair, can be rented directly on site.
Guided tours in other languages can be booked at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Also special: asking questions and taking photos is not only allowed, but even encouraged.