Situated in fashionable Jumeirah, the Jumeirah Mosque is one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in Dubai.
Built in the style of the mosques of Cairo, the sandstone mosque features a pair of slender minarets and a trio of domes decorated with intricate carvings. Although the landmark building appears to be fairly ancient, it is a rather modern construction that was finished in the late 1970s.
The mosque is also one of only a handful of mosques in Dubai that are open to non-Muslims, thanks to tours organised by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
Anybody can wander around the grounds of the mosque, but to see its beautiful interior and prayer hall, you’ll need to register for a tour.
Whether you’re interested in learning more about Islam or simply want to admire some breathtaking Islamic architecture, Jumeirah Mosque is worth a visit.
Tours – Timings, Prices, Dress Code
Non-Muslims can take an organised tour of the mosque. Tours are run by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
The mosque offers two tours every day of the week, except for Fridays. The morning tour begins at 10 am, and the afternoon tour begins at 2 pm.
Tickets for the tours cost a very reasonable 35 AED (£7.81, €9, $9.53).
All visitors must register before entering the mosque, and registration begins 30 minutes before the tour starts (9.30 am and 1.30 pm). Advanced booking is not required.
Visitors are advised to arrive at least 20 minutes before the tour begins. They can enjoy Arabic coffee and light Emirati refreshments while waiting. The cost of the refreshments is included in the entrance fee.
During the tour, visitors learn about the 5 Pillars of Islam, Muslim prayer rituals and prayer times, and the architecture and history of the mosque. They also have the opportunity to ask questions and take photographs.
Modest clothing is required for both men and women. The dress code states no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or short skirts.
Women are required to cover their heads and hair while in the mosque. Women are advised to bring their own headscarves, but traditional attire can be borrowed from the mosque if necessary.
Location and Getting There
The Jumeirah Mosque is situated on Jumeirah Beach Road at the northern end of Jumeirah, opposite the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa.
There is no Dubai Metro station near the mosque. The closest is World Trade Centre. This is over a mile away from the mosque. Due to the high temperatures in Dubai, most visitors will find it more comfortable to take a taxi from the station to the mosque. The taxi journey takes just a few minutes and is relatively inexpensive.
Another option for getting to the mosque is to take a bus. Bus services stopping at the mosque include:
- 8 – Al Baraha Bus Station to Ibn Battuta Bus Station – Stops on the route include Gold Souq Bus Station (Deira), Al Ghubaiba Bus Station (Bur Dubai), Jumeirah Mosque, Wild Wadi/Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumierah Monorail Station, and Jumeirah Beach Residence.
- 9 – Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to Business Bay Metro Station – Stops on the route include Jumeirah Mosque and the Mercato Mall.
Other places of interest nearby include the Etihad Museum, Mercato Mall, and La Mer. La Mer is a massive beachfront development with restaurants, leisure facilities, and a public beach. Mercato Mall also offers plenty of places to grab a bite to eat.