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Hundreds of residents, no mosque in some Dubai areas

Residents urge developers to build mosques along with other facilities

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:30 August 14, 2012
  • Gulf News

A makeshift mosque at the Layan community
  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • At the Layan community, a small port-a-cabin serves as the only mosque for Muslim residents of about 800 villas.

Dubai: Building a mosque doesn’t seem to be high on some developers’ agenda as a number of new communities developed over the last few years in Dubai have either no mosques or just a makeshift arrangement which is hardly sufficient on Fridays or during Ramadan.

Ranging from popular localities like Jumeirah Beach Residence and Jumeirah Lakes Towers to Shorooq and Ghoroob communities in Mirdif, the areas have most facilities that a modern resident would want except for a mosque.

When I bought the property a couple of years ago, I was told that the community will have all the facilities including a mosque

Adel Shaikh, a resident of Al Waha community

Similar is the case in other communities such as International City, Al Waha and Layan on the Dubai Bypass Road or Al Khail Gate.

Though the residents claim that the developers and real estate agents sell or rent properties claiming all facilities including mosques, the reality is different.

“When I bought the property a couple of years ago, I was told that the community will have all the facilities including a mosque. I have a letter with me from the developer that clearly says so. But when I moved here I found the situation contrary to their claims,” said Adel Shaikh, a resident of Al Waha community that has around 350 villas.

Al Waha is next to Layan community, where a makeshift arrangement has been made recently. A small port-a-cabin that can hardly accommodate a couple of dozen people serves as the only mosque for both the communities that combined have around 800 villas, with a sizeable Muslim population.

“After several complaints they have made this [port-a-cabin] arrangement, which is really inadequate. It can hardly accommodate a handful of worshippers. The mosque being in Layan community is also far away from my house which is in Al Waha,” said Mazen Bira, who has been living in his two-bedroom villa since last year.

Though a lack of mosques is a primary cause of concern for many residents, there are also other issues that bother many.

“I have been staying in Dubai for the last 17 years and apart from job opportunities my primary reason for staying here is to give my children an Islamic upbringing. When I bought the property here I was made to understand that there will be a mosque here apart from a clinic and other facilities, which are non- existent as of now,” commented an angry resident.

A spokesman for the Dubai Property Group (DPG), which developed the two communities, said that DPG is committed to developing communities and destinations and providing all the usual facilities expected by residents and visitors.

“Large scale developments such as Al Waha, Layan and Al Khail Gate take time to reach their full developmental potential and this includes establishing the necessary measures to provide a mosque. However, in all communities temporary mosques have been provided (one for Al Waha and Layan jointly, given the proximity),” said the spokesperson also alluding to the gated community in Al Quoz, whose residents are still waiting for a mosque promised last year that hasn’t materialised.

The DPG spokesperson also said that temporary arrangements have also been made in its other popular communities Shorooq and Ghoroob and that the company is in negotiations with IACAD to identify a suitable donor to establish permanent mosques in these communities.

Residents also face similar issues in International City, which is developed by Nakheel, where there are several temporary arrangements but a permanent solution is elusive despite repeated promises.

Comments (25)

  1. Added 15:52 August 15, 2012

    There are around 16,000 more residents are in Al Khail Gate, Muslims are good in numbers , but no proper mosque inside the community , one temporary mosque were there but before Ramadan a bus hit and destroyed , now we have to pray at corridor of a building.....I hope DPG will address this immediately

    Aboobacker, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:40 August 15, 2012

    I hear this - even in the greens we have so many residents - not enough mosque space , something has to be done, each community should step up build more mosques for the prayers - without this what is our journey of life?

    Feefee South African, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:17 August 15, 2012

    DUBAI MOSQUES... (Gulf News Today) This is not correct news from Old Dubai areas but to concern New Dubai is certainly need more mosques... I am living in AlRas Deirah , in just small circle from Dubai Library to Nasir Square, to Naif and u to Mussalla road ther may be more than 30 Mosqus...All mosque Mashallah pack with Namazis.... New develop areas are in essential list for the mosques. But it is true that the old mosques needs more care with their renovations, water supplies and proper sound systems... Mosques No.,167 and 168 in AlRas were with these problems in Holy Ramadan.....

    Wajid Khan, Deirah Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:04 August 15, 2012

    Well noted by all brothers in UAE. I wish some one looks into the matter of buliding mosques in each corner of this country. Inshallah Allah Almighty will bless this country more and more. We need mosques in Petrol stations too.. Authorities of this land please listen to our needs. Jazak Allah khair..

    Mohamad Akil, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:07 August 15, 2012

    Tecom has no mosque either. We have to rely on the mosque in greens which gets overcrowded or else drive to barsha. It's amazing that barsha has so many mosques but just cross over to tecom and there is none. I think mosques shud be made compulsory for every development.

    Omar, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:06 August 15, 2012

    I am living in Muwailah Sheikha Sheikha (Near Sharjah University). There is no single prayer that people are not praying outside the masjid. This is not just for Ramadan but also during rest of the year. Kind request for a masjid please.

    Rasheed, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:16 August 15, 2012

    Dubai Silicon Oasis is another place where you cannot find mosque. Building a good mosque should be made compulsory for every builder.

    Fariha, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:37 August 15, 2012

    Salamalaykum to all, well i'm also facing the same problem in Dubai Land - i live in skycourt towers and we have no Masjid nearby like all the other brothers and sisters. I request authority(Auqaf) to do some thing about this issue.

    Gibran, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:13 August 15, 2012

    Asak, We are facing the same problem, In Al Nahda Sharjah, In this summer it is very difficult to pray outside the mosque. Even we are not getting place inside the mosque for Taraweeh. This is due to Small mosque and in Whole Al Nahd only 2 mosque are available which is insufficient. This is a request to concern authorities to do the needful.

    Mohammad R., Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:12 August 15, 2012

    Dear All, I have just moved to the UAE and live currently in Jumeira Lake Towers. My first observation, shock and astonishment was the absence of a Mosque in JLT, where literally everything is there except the house of Allah. to be honest, this kind of problem is to be addressed by the authorities and not contractors. Authorities should have monitoring and check on contractors' plans for new residences. Therefore, i call on them to replace the cubes some of us pray at with proper mosques. Thanks to all for raising this dramatic issue. Osama

    Osama Zahdeh, Dubai | JLT, United Arab Emirates

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