Dubai's DMCC reveals details of JLT mosque plan

Location for Masjid Uthman Ibn 'Affan announced; will take up to 18 months to build
Dubai's DMCC reveals details of JLT mosque plan
DMCC chief Ahmed Bin Sulayem.
By Andy Sambidge
Thu 12 Sep 2013 07:36 PM

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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