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Dubai to construct world’s first underwater mosque

Concept images reveal a striking design, where one half of the mosque will gracefully rise above the water's surface, housing sitting areas and a tranquil coffee shop.

Dubai has recently made headlines with its ambitious plans to construct the world’s first underwater floating mosque, an architectural marvel that is set to redefine religious tourism in the region. The Dh55-million project promises to offer a truly unique and immersive experience for worshippers and visitors alike.

Concept images reveal a striking design, where one half of the mosque will gracefully rise above the water’s surface, housing sitting areas and a tranquil coffee shop. The other half of this remarkable structure will be submerged beneath the water, creating an awe-inspiring atmosphere for prayer and reflection.

This innovative mosque will comprise three floors, with the most extraordinary feature being the underwater deck, intended for use as a praying area. Remarkably, this submerged level will comfortably accommodate 50 to 75 worshippers, allowing them to offer their prayers in a serene underwater environment, unlike anything seen before.

In addition to the prayer area, the underwater section will also provide ablution facilities and washrooms, ensuring the utmost convenience for visitors. The prospect of performing ablutions and prayers surrounded by the serenity of the underwater world is bound to be a spiritually enriching experience.

The exact location of this groundbreaking mosque has not yet been disclosed. However, according to Ahmed Al Mansoori from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in Dubai, it will be situated very close to the shoreline, connected to the mainland via a bridge. This strategic location ensures accessibility for worshippers and visitors alike, making it a convenient destination for those seeking a distinctive spiritual experience.

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Notably, the mosque is intended to be an inclusive space, open to people of all religions. However, in line with Islamic tradition and customs, visitors will be required to dress modestly while entering the floating mosque. This respectful approach ensures that the spiritual sanctity of the mosque is maintained.

Construction of this remarkable project is set to commence in the near future, offering a glimpse into Dubai’s innovative and visionary approach to religious tourism. The underwater floating mosque represents a fusion of modern architecture and traditional values, promising a spiritually enriching experience like no other.