Jumeirah Mosque#4 in Best Things To Do in Dubai
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Jumeirah Mosque towers over the coast from its perch north of the Dubai Marina. Its detailed white façade – which graces the 500-dirham note – mimics the architectural style of the medieval Fatimid period. Unlike Dubai's other mosques, non-Muslims are invited inside to marvel at Jumeirah's ornate decor, featuring detailed painted panels against bright blue and yellow backgrounds. But a quick note on conduct: Those planning to enter the mosque should come in modest dress – that means long sleeves and long pants or skirts. Women will also have to cover their heads with a scarf. If you don't have traditional attire, the mosque is happy to provide you with traditional clothing necessary for entrance.
Even if you're not religious, travelers strongly recommend a visit to this attraction for its educational value and cultural significance. Visitors loved the guides' informative presentation on the architecture of the mosque and informative talk on Islam.
Guided, 75-minute tours of the mosque are conducted by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and take place Saturday through Thursday at 10 a.m., though visitors should be in line at 9:45 a.m. to ensure their entry. The tour admission costs 25 dirhams (less than $7), and children younger than 12 are granted free admission. For more information, visit the website for the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
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