Area: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
For all the glitz and glamour of Dubai, there’s still a strong undercurrent of humility amongst 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) organises 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 9.45am.
The tour, which is as much fact-finding as it is sightseeing, lasts around 75 minutes. Please remember to wear modest dress – however 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.