New development will create a new vernacular in terms of design and form the cornerstone of an "interconnected ecosystem" says authority's CEO.
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has announced it will open a state-of-art mosque in the heart of its new premium urban retail, leisure and cultural development, Gate Avenue, in 2019.
Designed by architectural firm RMJM and to be constructed over 14,500 square feet, DIFC Grand Mosque’s design will “create a new vernacular for this typology in the UAE, offering a modern, non-conformist facility with references to tradition,” the authority said in a statement.
To be open 24 hours daily, it will be able to host over 500 people and will serve all five prayers daily as well as Friday and Ramadan prayers.
“The DIFC masterplan continues to introduce state-of-the-art, urban architecture that is designed to enrich the experience of our growing community of professionals, residents and visitors alike. DIFC Grand Mosque, together with the broader world-class offering of Gate Avenue, mark an important addition to the interconnected ecosystem we have at DIFC, and bring a new dimension to the attractive infrastructure we have in place,” said Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer of DIFC Authority.
Spread over 660,000 square feet DIFC’s Gate Avenue is being designed to link the podium levels of all buildings in DIFC, from the Gate Building to Central Park Towers.
When complete, Gate Avenue will house over 200 dining, boutique, retail and entertainment options, as well as the DIFC Grand Mosque.