Jumeirah Mosque

Being one of the few mosques in the UAE that allow visitors of all faiths to explore about Islam and the local culture, Jumeirah Mosque with its white stone facade, elegant minarets and beautiful landscaping is considered one of the most engaging cultural treasures in Dubai. Operated under the supervision of The Sheik Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) since 1998, Jumeirah Mosque is adopting an ‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ program which aims to build interactive programs that create cultural awareness and tolerance between the different nationalities, cultures and religions from all around the world. As described 

History:

Founded by the late HH Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai at the time, the Jumeirah Mosque took 3 years to be completed as the work began in 1976 and finished in 1979. In 1983 the beautiful limestone dome was added to the mosque. As one of the most interesting cultural hubs, Jumeirah Mosque is featured on the AED 500 note! Jumeirah Mosque, as described by its visitor, is “the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai

Location:

The Jumeirah Mosque is located in “fashionable” Jumeirah neighborhood, which is “generally viewed as probably the best shopping center in Dubai”. The area teems with vigorous trade and is close to Jumeirah Beach Road and shop at Mercato Mall. Let’s explore the most affordable ways to reach Jumeirah Mosque together as follows:

  • The best way to get to Jumeirah Mosque without a car is to Metro and it takes 22 minutes.
  • You can also use Public bus which stops near the mosque.
  • If you are driving a car, don’t worry that there’s a large parking lot right next to the mosque, making it very convenient for visitors

Nearby Attractions:

  • If you take a five-minute stroll from the mosque, you will take a dip in Jumeirah Public Beach, where you can take a dip in the Arabian Gulf, and don’t forget to stop at  Dubai’s most luxurious hotel; Burj Al Arab for a photo stop.

 

  • If you are shopaholic and want to refuel for designer homewares, clothing and jewellery , take a 15-minute walk (or 5-minute taxi ride) south of Jumeirah Mosque to Comptoir 102, a hip concept store and café teeming with handcrafted goods and wholesome organic food.
  • If you drive to the north of Jumeirah Mosque (about 15 minutes), you will be having a chance to explore the history and culture of Emirates by visiting the Dubai Museum along with Al Fahidi Fort (The oldest existing building in Dubai).

Architecture Style:

Renowned for its stunning structure, Jumeirah Mosque was built in the traditional Fatimid style which was commonly used in Syria & Egypt featuring intricate geometric designs, Arabic calligraphy and keel motifs on the domes. As flanked by two high minarets that frame its central dome, Jumeirah Mosque is also known as the ‘two minaret mosque’ with a capacity of almost 1,300 worshippers. Besides to the central dome, the mosque has four smaller ones, each adorned with intricate stone carvings; boasting above it two gloriously flourishing minarets. Due to its white walls, Jumeirah mosque is characterized by reflected the colors throughout the whole day. During the sunrise, the white stone transforms into a deep blush before melting into a soft golden hue. At night, the intricate artistry and true beauty of the mosque are highlighted; particularly that the mosque is lit from the bottom. The mosque’s praying hall is divided into two sections: one for men and the other for women. It also has two ablution areas, the imam’s residence, and one for the muezzin.

Entrance Fees and Tours:

Though there is no entry fee for the mosque, the group guided tour for the mosque costs AED 25 per person. The morning and afternoon tours are operated by The Sheik Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). No prior registration is required but visitors must be at the entrance of the mosque 30 minutes before the tour. 

Local mosque representatives are on hand to conduct 75-minute guided tours six days a week at 10am. These tours are run by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCC) and offer visitors an opportunity to learn more about the Emirati way of life and religion.

Visiting Hours:

The mosque is open daily except on Fridays from 09:00 am till 14:00. To visit the mosque, you have to be in front of the mosque doors at least 30 minutes. This means you need to be there before 9:45 a.m. for the morning tour; 1:45pm, for the afternoon.  No advanced booking is required

The best time to visit the Mosque:

To have a picturesque view of Jumeirah Mosque, it is highly recommended to visit it during nightfall as the mosque lit up by the setting sun.

What to see in Jumeirah Mosque

Constructed entirely out of pure-white stone and styled within the Fatimid architectural, the long-lasting mosque of Jumeirah stands because the foremost distinguished one within the neighborhood. Once you enter the compound of Jumeirah Mosque, you undergo the shaded walkways that end in an outdoor ablution area, and an interior Majlis (In English means Council), while enjoying the plush landscaping. The prayer hall was constructed within the hypostyle form, where the roof is delayed by an outsized number of columns. Opposite the doorway to the prayer hall is that the Qiblah wall. Within the middle of the Qiblah lies the Mihrab, which is that the place the imam leads prayers five times every day, every day.