By Andy Sambidge
Developer says construction now 25% complete; will feature solar panels, roof garden
Work on the Middle East's first eco-friendly mosque is on schedule and is slated to be completed by March 2014, its developer has said.
Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) announced that construction work on the Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque is now 25 percent done with concrete pouring for the main ceiling, as well as pier and beam foundation completed.
Located on a 105,000 sq ft plot near the Clock Tower in Deira, the mosque will feature the latest green technologies including solar panels and a roof garden for heat insulation.
It will also incorporate techniques for recycling and purifying worshippers' ablution water for irrigation and washroom supply.
Pouring for the mosque's minarets up to a height of 23 metres, and the pouring of concrete slab in the ablution block have also been accomplished, AMAF said in a statement.
Additionally, the electrical transformer room is ready and set for delivery to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), it added.
Set for completion by March 2014, the Khalifa Al Tajer mosque will become Dubai's largest place of worship with its facility to accommodate more than 3,500 worshippers.
Tayeb Al Rais, secretary general of AMAF, said: "We are delighted to mark scheduled progress on the region's first green mosque that will also set itself apart as one of Dubai's most recognisable landmarks.
"Following the successful completion of this iconic initiative, AMAF aims to integrate green building standards into a large number of mosques in Dubai to make them eco-friendly and thereby contribute to Dubai's long term sustainable development plans."For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.