Out of all the things to do in Dubai, one of the most moving experiences is to gain an insight into Islamic religion and culture. Where better than at Jumeirah Mosque, considered to be the most beautiful masjid (mosque) in the city and the only Dubai mosque open to non-Muslims. The Sheik Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding operates guided tours of Jumeirah Mosque on set days and at set times for a glimpse of this monument.
One of the most frequently photographed sites in Dubai, Jumeirah Mosque is a stunning religious landmark and wonderful example of modern Islamic architecture. The intricately detailed building is built in the classical architectural style of Medieval Fatimid and features a sandstone dome and minarets with detailed carvings, flanked by palm trees and manicured grounds. It is beautifully lit at night.
The interior of the mosque is covered with ornate painted panels and carved archways on a blue background, and can accommodate around 1,200 people.
The guided tour of Jumeirah Mosque, arranged by the Sheik Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about Emirati culture and religion.
Remember that Jumeirah Mosque is a holy site, so be sure to dress modestly and cover shoulders, legs, backs and arms to be allowed entry. Robes and scarves are also available for hire. Shoes must also be removed before entering the mosque.