Jumeirah Mosque is an awe-inspiring medieval style mosque, and a prominent landmark of Dubai. It’s also one of the few mosques which are open to non-Muslim visitors. You can expect to see this mosque featured in many of our Dubai and Egypt vacation packages.
Wherever you look in Dubai, you see wealth and materialistic extravagance, so it’s hard to imagine how any part of the city could be considered as an “up-market” area. The truth is however, Dubai does indeed have certain areas which are considered more exclusive than others. One such area is Jumeirah.
In the not too distant past, Jumeirah was mostly home to fishermen, traders and pearl divers, but today visitors will see a very different story altogether. In fact, this picturesque coastal area is generally seen as being the most exclusive residential area in the whole of Dubai.
Unlike other areas in the city where skyscrapers are the order of the day, Jumeirah is mostly home to low-rise buildings and a number of luxury hotels. It is very popular among well healed expats and wealthy locals, and it’s also a very popular stop over for tourists with plenty of money to spend.
A Medieval Style Mosque And A Tribute To Modern Islamic Architecture
Not all visitors to Jumeirah are wealthy however. Many visit the area to see the famous Jumeira Mosque and maybe spend some time on the area’s pristine Jumeirah Beach. Surprisingly enough, non-Muslims are allowed in Jumeirah Mosque, other than on Fridays. It’s worth mentioning that there are only a handful of mosques in the United Arab Emirates which are open to non-Muslims.
Visiting Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most popular Dubai tourist attractions and there are regular daily tours offered and conducted by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. This is done in order to give non-Muslims some insight into Islam and to help bring down the barriers that exist between people of different faiths.
Visitors who would like to venture into the Jumeirah Mosque are not required to make a booking. Instead, visitors can simply congregate at the rear of the mosque and wait for the tour to begin. The tours start at 10am and the number of tours offered depends largely on demand. Children under the age of five are not permitted in the mosque, and as is to be expected, visitors must be dressed appropriately.
Many of our Egypt and Dubai packages include a visit to Jumeirah Mosque and we highly recommend taking advantage of the tours that are offered.
Dress Code And Conduct When Entering The Mosque
Shoes must be removed before entering the Jumeirah Mosque. Additionally, women need to either wear trousers or a long skirt; a long sleeve top, and a hat or a scarf. Men on the other hand must also wear trousers, but they may wear a short sleeve T-shirt if they wish. Men wearing vests will not be allowed into the mosque.
Just as you would expect when entering any place of worship, due respect is both necessary and appreciated by your hosts. Mobile phones should be switched off prior to entering unless you need your phone on for taking pictures, in which case your phone should be in silent mode. Ironically, visitors are permitted to take photos inside, and in fact, this is probably why Jumeirah Mosque is the most photographed mosque in Dubai.
Arranging Your Tour
As has been mentioned already, no booking is required. Nonetheless, if your hotel is quite some distance away, it might be more convenient to arrange a tour through the hotel where you’re staying. Alternatively, if you are visiting Dubai on a package tour, look for one which includes a visit to the Jumeirah Mosque. While there is no shortage of hotels nearby, visitors should bear in mind that most of the hotels are luxury 5-Star hotels which not known to be budget friendly. Jumeirah is after all, an exclusive up-market area.
Wild Wadi Waterpark – A Great Place For Families And Thrill Seekers
It would only be fair to say that one can only spend so much time visiting and photographing the inside of Dubai’s famous Jumeirah Mosque. If you still have time on your hands, or you need a fun filled break from the relentless heat of the desert, then the Wild Wadi Waterpark might be just what you’re looking for. A man made oasis spanning an area of 12 acres, and containing around 30 million liters of water, the waterpark is yet another example of Dubai’s push for unrivaled excellence.
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