19 November 2013| Last updated on 14 January 2020
Jumeirah Mosque awarded 2014 Tripadvisor certificate of excellence
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The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding announced today that the Jumeirah Mosque Visit Programme has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true honor for Latifa and the entire team at Jumeirah Mosque, and we’d like to thank all of our past visitors who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Nasif Kayed, Managing Director of the SMCCU, which runs the programme. “With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on visitor reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our ‘Open doors. Open minds’ group of programmes, which are held at the Jumeirah Mosque as well as in our wind tower house in the Al Fahidi Historic District of Dubai.”
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their guests. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”
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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.
The programme for Jumeirah Mosque runs 6 days a week from Saturday to Thursday, at 10am.
Guest registration begins at 9:45 and the doors close promptly at 10:05.