For an insight into Islamic religion and culture, Jumeirah Mosque is considered the most beautiful masjid (mosque) in the city and is the only Dubai mosque open to non-Muslims. The Sheik Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding operates guided tours of Jumeirah Mosque on set days and at set times for a glimpse of this monument.
An often photographed site in Dubai, Jumeirah Mosque is a stunning religious landmark and example of modern Islamic architecture. The intricately detailed building is built in the classical architectural style of Medieval Fatimid and features a sandstone dome and minarets with detailed carvings, flanked by palm trees and manicured grounds. It is beautifully lit at night.
The interior of the mosque is covered with ornate painted panels and carved archways on a blue background, and can accommodate around 1,200 people.
The guided tour of Jumeirah Mosque, arranged by the Sheik Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about Emirati culture and religion.
The 75-minute tour is $UAE10 per person and photography is allowed during the session. There's also an opportunity for questions at the end of the tour so you can enjoy a personalised insight as well as getting to see the sights of the mosque. You'll need to register before the tour, which operates at 10am six days a week.
Remember that Jumeirah Mosque is a holy site, so be sure to dress modestly and cover shoulders, legs, backs and arms to be allowed entry. Robes and scarves are also available for hire. You'll also have to remove your shoes before entering the mosque.
Getting there: take bus 8 or C10 and alight at bus stop Jumeira, Grand Mosque. The bus stop is directly across from Jumeirah Mosque.