Dubai's DMCC reveals details of JLT mosque plan

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DMCC chief Ahmed Bin Sulayem.

DMCC chief Ahmed Bin Sulayem.

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority on Thursday revealed the location and initial renderings of the proposed Masjid Uthman Ibn 'Affan (Dhun-Nurayn) in Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

The site for the much-anticipated community Masjid has been confirmed as Cluster M2 in JLT, located on the Jebel Ali side of the development.

In addition to the Masjid, further large scale parking and landscaping will be constructed on part of Lake A and some adjacent land, a statement said.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman, DMCC, said: "Today there are over 75,000 people working and living in JLT, the community Masjid has been driven by strong demand and is very much overdue.

"We are pleased to confirm the exact location of the Masjid in Cluster M 2 and will be proceeding with the design and construction of the Masjid in the coming weeks."

Inspired by Ummayed/Andalusian architecture, Masjid Uthman Ibn 'Affan (Dhun-Nurayn) will accommodate over 1,000 worshippers, including an upper level prayer area that will cater for over 300 women.

Tayeb Al Rais, secretary general of Awqaf and Minor Affairs Foundation said: "We are honoured to join hands with DMCC to help realise a project that will contribute to meeting the spiritual aspirations of the JLT community.

"We anticipate the process of construction to take 14-18 months, depending on further collection of funds and endowment, following which the mosque will open doors to its capacity of 1,000 worshippers.

"We are confident DMCC's noble initiative in corporate social responsibility will inspire other organisations to take the lead in similar community projects."

DMCC, the fastest growing and the largest free zone in the UAE with over 7,200 companies, currently has 65 mixed-use commercial and residential towers and over 220 retail outlets.

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Posted by: Taimur S Rana

Its very hard to find a mosque in JLT or Marina JBR side ? ...The government should urgently construct 5 - 6 mosques to accommodate the growing population

Posted by: Paul

Ahmed's reply was obnoxious and arrogant and it reveals the insecurity resulting from the attempt of hiding a problem or at least refusing to acknowledge it. If this person was selling something with this attitude, he would not be very successful.

Posted by: A Kader

It is now July 2015, about 21 months since the announcement of the Masjid's construction was made. Yet, I do not see much progress at the site. Does anyone know the latest development ?

Posted by: Harmony

One one request!
I live 15 years in the Middle East my motto is live and let live!
A mosque very understandable and required but why the loudspeakers on each mosque? I am sure that the call for prayer is meant between You and God and not between the residents and the Imam. This is not required as true belief comes from the heart and have not true the loudspeakers of a mosque.

Posted by: Simon

Hi Waseq...I concur with most of what you said...however, Muslim communities in the UK have written to councils to have them stop Cristian Church Bells from ringing in their area(s).

Unfortunately, some UK councils are too accomodating and have found in favour of the Muslim communities. I find that rather disgraceful as I am sure you do too. I am with you, when in Rome, do as the Romans do...and not as you would like. When in Dubai, give respect to the countries religion and 'ways'.

Unforunately, telling the Muslim community or any individual Muslim in the UK to leave the area or country if they don't like the sound of Christian Church Bells on a Sunday, would be seen as highly Racist and attract a huge swell of 'outrage' and hate speach, especially from a certain Mr Chaudrey.

I am glad to read you don't see it that way and that UK Christian communities should not be called racists if they were to make the same statements as your good self.

Posted by: Waseq

Harmony, just a reminder. You are a guest in a country that follows Islam. The same as I would be in any other country. Why would I need to listen to church bells if what you're saying is request. Surely in those countries where there are other people of diverse religions they should also not be bothered by church bless etc... Point is this is not your country nor is it your religion. Be free to live where you live when you want to. But to make requests like this is not thoughtful in my opinion. If you don't like it you can move. That is also one of the freedoms you have.

Posted by: Sheraz Rais

Agree with you Ahmed bin Sulayem

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