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Review of Jumeirah Mosque

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.
Derby, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating insight”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

A smallish mosque, but a great tour - no reservations required, just turn up at the main entrance by 9.30am - and a fascinating insight into islam, comparisons with other religions, and the muslim way of life in an interesting and non confrontational manner. The question and answer session was particularly interesting as many quite potentially difficult questions were answered in an entirely open and friendly manner. Well worth a visit and may well provide a better understanding in those attending.
Dress should be modest and restrained, and ladies should have a headscarf

Visited January 2014
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

The Jumeirah Mosque itself is tucked away in a residential area of Jumeirah in Dubai, somewhat removed from the glitz and glamour of the city. It is a modern medium sized mosque done in the classic Islamic style, so from an architecture point of view it is pleasant, but nothing special. This mosque is the only one in the UAE I believe (and among the relatively few in the whole world), that allows non Muslims into the main prayer area. There is also the cultural understanding tour by the SMRCCU which makes this a unique opportunity.

We had read that the basic tour was on first come basis, so we arrived well before 10 am when the tour starts, and spent some time in the gardens around the mosque, which have nice shaded seating arrangements. Since it was rather hot, we soon ducked into the cafe Majlis which was in the ground floor of the adjoining building from where the tour starts. We skipped the camel milk tea, which is their speciality, and had some watermelon juice which was excellent but rather exorbitantly priced. The nice thing is that you can just sit there in the Majlis without actually ordering anything, and you can browse the various books about the region and Islamic culture. The staff are extremely courteous.

About 9:45 am, the guide, came up to the little counter inside the cafe and we got out tickets for the tour at 10 dirhams. The tour started at 10 am with a demonstration of Islamic pre-prayer ablutions outdoors, and then moved inside the mosque to the prayer hall. For about 90 minutes, the guide, an English lady who had converted to Islam, talked us through various aspects of her faith and customs. She was very engaging and funny, and was completely open to questions. While the answers were not always very deep, it was still interesting to get a perspective on the religion and indeed the local culture that is not always so forthcoming. We even got a demonstration from one of the male volunteers of the center on Islamic prayer rituals. Rather interesting in all.

Its certainly worth spending the couple of hours on this experience in Dubai, as it is fairly unique. Remember that appropriate clothing to cover your legs unto the ankles, and for ladies, the arms and head as well is required. If you are not covered up, they will provide you with wraps which you can use for free, so not something to really worry about. You can take as many pictures as you want, so bring your camera !

Certainly recommended on trip to Dubai.

Visited May 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Great Tour”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a great short tour, with very helpful guides. The tour itself is about 2 hours long and it is well worth the visit. The Q&A session is extremely interesting, where our guide was very educational.

Definitely go here if your visiting Dubai.

Visited March 2014
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Basel, Switzerland
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“Very informative talk, Q & A”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

Not an enormous mosque, but we greatly enjoyed the lecture, then Q & A from an Arab- American Islamic woman. She was an excellent speaker, and answered questions from the audience in a matter-of-fact, nonjudgmental fashion.

Visited July 2014
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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“Excellent transcultural experience”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Before arriving to Dubai, we were told that there wouldn't be a chance to visit the mosque. The more we were surprised by finding out that there is actually one organisation (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding), which is organising tour to the mosque. The person who led the tour was brilliant, delivering lecture about Islam, similarities with other religions, Muslims and their life, and answered (sometimes challenging) questions. Entire session happened in peaceful atmosphere, without any signs of confrontation or dogmatism, and could last much longer. I believe that some participants (including me) have corrected their view to Islam & Muslims. We were encouraged to take a pictures (another very unusual experience). Visit like this could significantly contribute (and contributed) to cultural understanding between different religions. If you wouldn't be dressed properly, you can borrow the dress at the entrance to the mosque, ladies don't forget to bring headscarf.

Visited July 2014
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