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“Jumeirah Mosque portion”
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Jumeirah Mosque
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Jumeirah Mosque is a must see since it is a land mark of Dubai. It is not the largest mosque in the UAE, yet it is one of the few open to non-Muslims. The Visit Programme is hosted by The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. The visit itself takes about an hour for a small fee. Mosque visitors get the chance to observe the prayer and learn more about the customs of worship and ask any questions under the banner program "Open doors. Open minds." Jumeirah Mosque showcases the medieval Fatimid architecture in its stone construction. Visit tours are offered daily accept Friday and begin at 10am sharp. No pre-registration is required. Plan to arrive at 9:30am for registration and enjoy Emirati snacks and hot beverages. Doors will close at 10:05am and will reopen at 11:15am. There is only one guided tour daily. Entry fee is 20AED per person while children under 12 free. The Mosque grounds are open all day, and you may view the Jumeirah Mosque's beautiful architecture from the outside any day of the week. Located at the end of Jumeirah Beach Road, the closest Metro stop is Al Jafiliya. From there you can take a short taxi ride to the mosque or transfer to C10 RTA bus. Modest dress is advisable, however national attire can be borrowed at the door.
Burtonsville, Maryland
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“Jumeirah Mosque portion”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

We went on the tour of the mosque, which is part of the SMCCU. It is only at 10am and not on Fridays. The mosque itself is gorgeous, but not very large, so don't expect an expansive, several room tour. But well worth the 10Dirham.

Visited May 2013
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Durban, South Africa
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“A beautiful Mosque”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Beautiful architecture. I never went inside so cannot comment any further. There are many mosques in Dubai and they all look similar to me.

Visited May 2013
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“Good experience”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Learned a lot. Tour started on time, very well explained and you can ask any and all the questions you may have. Ladies must cover their hair with a shawl (they will lend you one if you don't bring one). Girls don't have to cover their hair. You can take pictures and videos inside the Mosque. Good Experience.

Visited March 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“If you have seen mosques before then skip”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

The mosque doesnt have any history since its new and its not very big. Its just pretty and the only one available for tourists to see. If you havent seen a mosque before, then go ahead. If you have seen mosques in Egypt, Jordan or Turkey then you can skip because this isnt nearly as impressive as some of those.

Also the tour is only once a day at 9:45am. It is right next to the public beach though if you miss the tour. You are not allowed in except for the tour.

Visited May 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“A 101 primer on Islam”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

As few mosques will allow non-Islamic visitors, this mosque has a smart approach by welcoming in those who are curious. Additionally, the Jumeirah Mosque has a co-located cultural center offering Arabic classes and traditional Arabic meals.

I joined the Sunday tour, which is run by a volunteer docent. In this case, it was an ex-pat British woman who moved to Dubai 21 years ago. She had with her another volunteer, a young man who demonstrated the prayer ritual. She instructed us in the five pillars of Islam, using visual aids to help illustrate her points, and took questions at the end.

For me, this was an interesting high-level introduction to the religion and customs, and explained a lot of what seems to the average outsider to be a bit strange. At the same time, this experience helped to show me some of the differences and similarities among religions (I am a Christian).

This is a good experience for someone of a different faith to have a peek into the Islam faith. Listen closely, and you'll come out with a new respect for the faith and the culture.

The mosque itself is a very attractive building, but I wouldn't gush about it the way other reviewers have (maybe I'm partial to old cathedrals around Europe). The tour (10 AED) begins at 10 am and is about 75 minutes long. You should arrive by 9.45 am. I arrived at 9.20 am, which was nice because nobody else was there, so I snapped some good photos as a result.

Make sure you wear modest dress (long pants or a long skirt, and short or long sleeve top; head covering). You can borrow an abaya or dishdash upon arrival. As with many religions, you must remove your footwear prior to entering the mosque.

DO: take a ton of photos, especially during the demonstrations - I was so engrossed at one point in watching her that I missed some cool photo opps.

DO: go out to the side street at the front of the mosque to grab a taxi afterwards - the ones lined up in back are reserved taxis. I found one pretty quickly at the intersection of Jumeirah Beach Road to get back to the Metro station (World Trade Centre).

Visited May 2013
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