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Dubai is Adding the World’s First Floating Mosque to its List of Architectural Marvels

Photo: Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department

In a city known for its architectural wonders, Dubai is set to unveil another breathtaking marvel – the world’s first floating mosque. The AED 55 million project, nestled along the picturesque Dubai Water Canal, is poised to redefine spiritual experiences with its innovative design.

What sets this mosque apart is its unique prayer hall submerged beneath the water’s surface. Worshippers, between 50 to 75 at a time, will find themselves in a serene aquatic sanctuary, fostering a profound connection with the divine. The mosque spans three floors, with the underwater prayer hall serving as its captivating centerpiece. Above water, two additional floors house a hall for Islamic lectures and workshops. The design, a testament to modern aesthetics, marries tranquility and architectural grandeur.

Photo: Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department

Dubai’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) envisions this mosque as a bridge between cultures. While it warmly welcomes visitors from all faiths, it respectfully asks them to adhere to Islamic customs by dressing modestly. Women are kindly requested to wear head coverings and shoulder-covering attire.

Photo: Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department

The floating mosque is part of Dubai’s broader initiative to promote religious tourism. Ahmed Khalfan Al Mansouri, a cultural communication consultant at IACAD, notes that the mosque will be “an important attraction in the emirate,” offering visitors a glimpse into the spiritual heart of Dubai.

Notably, this isn’t Dubai’s only groundbreaking religious project. Plans are underway for the world’s first fully functional 3D-printed mosque, set to be built in Bur Dubai. With a focus on sharing the emirate’s mosques and rich culture, Dubai seeks to make spiritual exploration an integral part of its vibrant tourism landscape.

Photo: Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department

Dubai’s new floating mosque is more than a place of worship; it’s an architectural masterpiece that beautifully fuses tradition with innovation. As it opens its doors to visitors next year, it will undoubtedly become a must-see destination for those seeking a unique spiritual experience in the heart of this dynamic city.

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