On Tuesday, June 24, the Jumeirah Mosque received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014, which honors selected, well-liked attractions with very high ratings and reviews by travelers on TripAdvisor. Visitors believe this to be one of the most attractive mosques in Dubai. In fact, ratings consistently show this as a place of interest to travelers for promoting cultural understanding and providing a first-hand experience of the Islamic religion.
The Jumeirah Mosque is a fine example of Fatimid architecture build in medieval Muslim style and entirely constructed of stone. It has a distinct design with white elegant stonework formation. The mosque (‘masjid’ in Arabic) also features two minarets (tall towers) with loudspeakers to summon people.
Jumeirah Mosque is now a key feature of old Dubai. It is only one of three mosques in the UAE open to non-Muslims and is open to the general public 6 days a week (closed on Fridays). The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding organizes Jumeirah Mosque Tours that are conducted every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday; the tours are geared towards giving a better understanding of the Islamic culture. They are obviously open to non-Muslims as part of an Open Doors, Open Minds policy designed to bring different nationalities together. The fee is 10Dhs per person and there is no pre-registration required. There is only one tour daily, and it starts at 1000 a.m. Please, remember that there is a dress code to abide by.
The mosque is now one of Dubai major landmarks, but it is, first of all, a holy place of worship. It is situated in the Jumeirah district, an exclusive coastal area of Dubai popular with tourists and expatriates. Today, Jumeirah Mosque is also one of the most photographed sights of Dubai; most unusual is the fact that visitors can take pictures of the inside of the mosque; so pack a camera!