Gurdwara in Dubai celebrates anniversary

Sikh temple at Jebel Ali emerges as tourist hotspot as it marks first anniversary

  • First Anniversary: The Gurunanak Darbar will mark its anniversary on January 17 Image Credit: GULFNEWS ARCHIVE
  • Free food: Over 800,000 visitors have eaten free at the langar since the Gurdwara opening Image Credit: Gulf News archives

Dubai: The Gurunanak Darbar has emerged as a major tourist destination in Dubai with over 800,000 visitors eating out of its community kitchen (langar) since its inception last year, its chairman Surender S. Khandari said.

As the Sikh temple marks its first anniversary this weekend with a series of programmes, Khandari thanked the local authorities for their support in developing the bustling community centre which he said has also become a must-see for many tourists. He said: “We are very grateful to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai for his unstinted support.”

Khandari said the temple receives visitors from across nationalities and countries – from Europe and the Americas to the Far East and Australia. “On New Year’s Day, we had over 16,000 people in the temple, double the average number we get on Fridays. The previous night, around 7,000 people were here as a special kirtan was held from 7.30 pm to 1.30 am. It was a great feeling as families with children rang in the New Year with a sense of peace and prayer.”

Khandari said irrespective of the numbers, the gurudwara’s community kitchen churns out free vegetarian food for all. “We have a 4,000 sq ft state-of-the-art industrial kitchen with five separate stores to cater to our visitors. The meal served is basic but sumptuous and comprises salad, sabzi (vegetable), dal (lentil), roti (bread) and rice. We also serve fruits or a sweet dish.”

The three-day anniversary celebrations from January 17 to 19 will be attended by several dignitaries and overseas guests, besides residents, he added.

Your comments

  • tejinder singh

    Jan 17, 2013 10:56

    Thanks to Mr Surender Singh Khandari.


    Jan 17, 2013 9:20

    We are very thankful to His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for his support

  • Pardeep

    Jan 16, 2013 11:34

    Looking Forward....Jo Bole So Nihal...Sat Sriakal

  • Gul Bhajaj

    Jan 16, 2013 11:29

    Congrats. May Baba bless everyone GURUDWARA remains forever. JO BOLE SAU NIHAL SAT SRI AKAL.

  • Gopal Singh Sodhi

    Jan 16, 2013 11:00

    We are greatful to the ruling family of Dubai and the people of UAE and of course Sardar Surinder Singh Kandhariji -- all of whom have taken a great initiative to create such a wonderful place of worship in the UAE. This place is not confined to any special religion, in fact people from all races, castes, religion come here to offer prayers.