The Jumeirah Mosque is a dominant landmark of Dubai city. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this stone structure is a tribute to modern Islamic architecture. While strolling through the Mosque at sunset, you will be washed in shadows by this elegant formation. The Mosque is situated at the intersection of Jumeirah Beach Road and 17B Street in Jumeirah 1, Dubai
The mosque is one the most photographed sights in Dubai and is particularly attractive in the evening when it is lit up with floodlights.
Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai open to non-Muslims, and one of only two open to non-Muslims in the United Arab Emirates. The other is the new Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Visiting Time of Jumeirah Mosque:
Non-Muslims can visit Jumeirah Mosque as part of a guided tour commencing at 10 am every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Fee is 10 Dhs per person. Bookings are not required but visitors should arrive at least five minutes beforehand. Latecomers are not permitted entry. On the tour visitors have the opportunity to learn about the architecture of the mosque and the religious significance of key design features. Photography is permitted.
The Jumeirah Mosque tour is part of the Open Doors, Open Minds Program conducted by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). The centre works to reduce barriers between different nationalities and raise awareness of Emirati culture and Islamic religion among foreign residents and visitors to the UAE.
Rules of Jumeirah Mosque:
You will have to assemble at the rear of the mosque (Jumeirah Mosque) at 10.00am on Thursday (every week). Ladies need to be covered - long skirts/trousers, long sleeves, hat/scarf for the head. Gentlemen need to wear trousers - Tshirt or shirt and not a vest. You need to take off your shoes before entering the mosque. Information about Islam is put up at the rear of the mosque.
Inside Architecture of Jumeirah Mosque:
Qibla wall of Jumeirah Mosque, the wall, which faces Mecca, as this is the direction (Qibla), which a Muslim has to face while he is praying.
Mihrab, prayer niche in the center of the Qibla wall indicating the exact praying direction. It is also the `holiest' place in the Jumeirah Mosque.
Minbar in Jumeirah Mosque , a platform to the right of the Mihrab from where the `imam', the one who leads the prayer, delivers the `khutba', the Friday sermon, which can deal with religious, social and political subjects.