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36% rise in number of mosques in Dubai

Emirate can accommodate 600,000 worshippers, with most mosques in Deira

Gulf News

Dubai: The number of mosques in Dubai over the last four years has grown by 36 per cent from 1,043 in 2008 to 1,418 this year.

Two new mosques have come up so far this year, while 19 new mosques came up in different areas of Dubai last year.

Though all mosques in Dubai are managed by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD), mosques can be built by individuals, clubs, associations, companies, etc, in coordination with IACAD.

As many as 495 or 34 per cent of the mosques in Dubai were built by IACAD, while 478 mosques were built by philanthropists followed by different government departments that contributed towards the building of 283 mosques.

Most of Dubai’s mosques, 633, are located in Deira, while 438 are located in Bur Dubai. Around 36 per cent of these mosques have Friday prayer service.

The emirate of Dubai has mosques of various sizes from those accommodating 100 worshippers to those that can accommodate more than a thousand.

Around 168 of the total number of mosques in Dubai can accommodate more than 1,000 worshippers at a time, while there are around 500 mosques that can accommodate 100 people.

The mosques in Dubai together can accommodate around 600,000 worshippers.

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