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Dubai set to open world’s first floating mosque

Entertainment Dubai 23 Sep 23
Dubai set to open world’s first floating mosque
Look: Dubai announces world's first underwater floating mosque. Worshippers will have a unique experience of offering their prayers underwater.
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
23 September 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 October 2023, 12:00 AM

The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in Dubai announced today the launch of a new project to promote religious tourism in the emirate. The project aims to implement plans, programs, and initiatives that serve "Islamic tourism," and is expected to increase the number of annual visitors to the emirate by 3%.

As part of the project, IACAD plans to build the world's first floating mosque in Dubai. The mosque will be located on the water under the Tolerance Bridge, and is expected to be completed next year. The mosque will have three floors, with the first floor being underwater and dedicated to prayer for up to 75 people. The second floor will be a multi-purpose hall, and the third floor will be an Islamic exhibition. The total cost of the mosque is estimated to be AED 55 million.

Plans for the mosque were announced as the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in Dubai held a briefing about its religious tourism project.

Ahmed Al Mansoori from the IACAD, said told Khaleej Times that construction will begin “soon”.

The exact location of the mosque has not been revealed yet. “It will be very close to the shore … Worshippers will be able to walk through a bridge connected to the mainland,” said Al Mansoor.

Al Mansoor said that the mosque would be open to people of every religion, but visitors will be required to dress modestly.

“Visitors to the floating mosque to dress modestly and should adhere to Islamic tradition and customs,” said Al Mansoor.

World’s first floating mosque

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