Dubai: A floating mosque, with a prayer area under the water, will come up in Dubai soon. The unique place of worship is being developed by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) of the emirate in Dubai Water Canal.
“A mega pilgrim project aimed at attracting more visitors to Dubai, the floating mosque will have three floors. The prayer hall, which would be under the water, is envisaged to provide sufficient space for 50-75 devotees to offer prayers at a time,” said Ahmad Khalfan Al Mansoori, the advisor for cultural communications at IACAD.
“The floating mosque is all set to become a major attraction in Dubai,” he added. The floating mosque will be connected to land and the design has been finalised, Al Mansoori said. The plan is to start the construction of the 2000-square metre mosque in October and open the facility for devotees next year, he said.
“Followers of all faiths will be allowed to visit the mosque. However, they will be advised to wear dresses according to Islamic traditions. Women visitors will be expected to cover their heads and shoulders,” the advisor informed.