Area: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
For all the glitz and glamor of Dubai, there’s still a strong undercurrent of humility among its Muslim population, which a visit to Jumeirah Mosque makes apparent. A much-photographed landmark, especially when lit up against an evening sky, it’s also the only Dubai mosque to open its doors to non-Muslims.
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) organizes tours of the Jumeirah Mosque six days a week, from Saturday through to Thursday, at 10:00am. You don’t need a reservation to attend, but you should arrive at the main entrance to the mosque at 9:45a.m.
The tour, which is as much fact-finding as it is sightseeing, lasts around 75 minutes. Please remember to wear modest dress—although if you need it, traditional attire can be borrowed from the mosque.
Most unusually, photography inside is allowed, so it’s worth bringing a camera.