Follow the Muslim prayer timings observed in Dubai
29 October 2014| Last updated on 14 January 2020
The United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country, and Dubai is a Muslim city. As a result, there are thousands of Muslims living in the city and elsewhere in the UAE that follow the Islamic faith.
Each day, 'Salat' - which is the ritual Islamic prayer - is prescribed five times daily: 'Fajr' is the dawn prayer, 'Dhuhr' is the noon prayer, 'Asr' is the afternoon prayer, 'Maghrib' is the sunset prayer and lastly, 'Isha'a' is the night prayer.
You'll find below the prayer times in Dubai for each of the above for your reference; please note, there is a difference of a few minutes for prayer times in Dubai and other emirates in the UAE.
Find the timings and today's date below:
|* Add four minutes for Abu Dhabi, deduct four minutes for Ras Al Khaimah and six minutes for Fujairah.|
As mentioned, the Dubai prayer timings for Muslims in the city can change daily, depending on the position of the sun. The 5 prescribed prayers for Muslims living in Dubai are described as follows:
- Fajr: at dawn, before sunrise
- Dhuhr: midday, after the sun has reached its zenith
- Asr: the late part of the afternoon
- Maghrib: just after sunset
- Isha'a: between sunset and midnight
In addition to the above, Muslims hold a congregational prayer called 'Jum'ah', at their mosque on Fridays. When Muslims pray Jum'ah, they are not required to pray Dhuhr afterwards.
How many times must Muslims pray each day?
All Muslims must pray five times a day, every day, at the same time and facing the same direction.
Salat is the second of the Five Pillars of Islam; it requires all Muslims who have reached puberty to worship five times daily, facing the holy city of Mecca.
It's preferred that Muslims offer their prayers in a mosque, but if they are unable to, they can pray anywhere as long as it's clean. Most shopping malls in Dubai, office towers and community centres have dedicated prayer rooms for Muslims living in Dubai.