Floating Mosque

Floating Mosque to be built in Dubai

Dubai will build its first floating mosque with an underwater prayer hall, the local Department of Islamic Affairs and Charities said. The project, which will be realised on the Dubai Water Canal, will cost 55 million dirhams (US$ 15 million).

The new megaproject is aimed at developing the religious tourism sector, through which the emirate hopes to attract more travellers, including Muslims. The mosque building will have three floors, one of which will be underwater. The mosque will accommodate up to 75 worshippers at a time.

Two above-water floors will be designed for Islamic lectures and seminars. It is specified that the mosque will be open for representatives of all faiths, however, on its territory they will have to dress and behave according to Islamic customs and traditions.

As announced earlier, the world’s first 3D-printed mosque will be built in Dubai. The area of the structure will be 2000 square metres, it will accommodate 600 worshippers. The end of construction is scheduled for 2025.

It is specified that construction will begin in October 2023 in the Bar Dubai neighbourhood. Three workers will operate a robotic printer that is capable of printing two square metres of structure every hour from raw materials and concrete mix.

In autumn 2020, a cube-shaped mosque opened at the Dubai International Financial Centre: the DIFC Grand Mosque was 14,500 square feet. The modern mosque can accommodate 500 worshippers and is open 24 hours a day.

Despite the rather modest exterior, the interior of the mosque is quite impressive. The main hall is decorated with a luxurious chandelier. The building reinterpreted Arab architectural traditions. Traditional Islamic elements such as the Mashrabiya are rendered in a modern context.

In 2016, the world’s first eco-friendly mosque was opened in the Sustainable City neighbourhood. It covers a total area of 10,000 square feet and can accommodate 700 worshippers.

The mosque’s arrangement incorporates innovative technologies to minimise the negative impact on the environment, in line with Dubai’s green strategy, the company said in a statement. The building’s energy consumption has been reduced by 90 per cent. The mosque’s car park area is equipped with solar panels.

Source: The National

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