Al Noor Mosque Dubai
Sharjah has more than 600 mosques, among those most attractive mosques you will visit in Dubai Trips, and with their architecture based on traditional Ottoman design, Al Noor mosque has a dream surroundings overlooking the Khalid Lagoon. It is the emirate's only mosque open to non-Muslims as Al Noor Mosque is the only mosque that is open to visitors from all faiths, on guided, free one-hour tours operated weekly by the nonprofit Sharjah Centre for Cultural Communication.
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Now we will take you on a tour which in reality will take around 45 minutes and consist of a talk on the mosque's design, and Emirati traditions and end with time with watching the fascinating photos.
If you've already visited Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, you might be a tad disappointed by the interior because The mosque is quite stark inside. When you are ready to join the tour, you will need to dress simply and modestly, and females are required to wear the provided Abaya (a robe-like dress used by women) no matter what they're wearing. There's no registration required for visiting the mosque, just turn up five minutes before 10 am on Monday.
Al Noor Mosque is designed in a classic Ottoman style which is popular by its historical architecture, Al Noor’s waterfall of domes and two soaring minarets dominate the skyline of Sharjah. The interior is just as spectacular, with calligraphic engravings and writings from the Holy Qur’an and intricately decorated domes, arches, and pillars.
On this tour, you’ll learn about Islamic and local culture, and you will be able to ask lots of questions about this history of Ottoman style. The mosque visit is free of charge and the dress code is provided at the mosque's registration area. Remember to bring your camera, also photography is allowed inside the mosque.
How can you enjoy your tour to Al Nour Mosque?
You will enjoy seeing the glass and metal skyscrapers compared against the traditional Turkish architecture made for an interesting visual. It also served as a metaphor for the complex relationship of the traditional Gulf nation with modernity. As we mentioned before, Sharjah has more than 600 mosques, some are open only to the royal Emiratis and others are open to Muslims and others to the people from all religions like Al Noor Mosque. The construction of the Al Noor Mosque began in 2003 and it was completed in 2005. It was built by the order of the wife of Sharjah’s ruler, her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed al Qassimi. It is centrally located next to the Al Noor Island and (Khaled Lagoon) at Buhaira Corniche. You will pass this mosque many times while you walk through the city.
Actually, you will be admired by the architectural beauty of Al Noor Mosque from the outside, and you will need to venture inside. The women will be told to wear a burqa while men could go inside as long as our legs were covered. The burqa was available free of cost at the reception. After you deposited our shoes on a stand at the entrance, the local lady guide will usher you towards the Mehrab area. Chairs will be arranged in front of a designated area where props associated with Islam and Emirati culture were on display.
The details of the Al Noor Mosque from inside
As is usual in Islamic architecture, the Minbar is located next to the Mehrab. Minbar is the raised platform, surrounded by a wooden structure. It is used by the Emam to deliver the speech at the Friday (Jumma)prayer. Mehrab is the roofed corner built in the direction of Ka’aba, the sacred building in Mecca. This is also the direction in which Muslims pray across the globe.
The Al Noor Mosques had many open shelves running across its walls. The shelves contained the books on faith and belief, law, philosophy, and of course many copies of the Quran, the holy book of Muslims. Most of the books were in the Arabic language and some are translated to other languages.
When one of the media delegates asked this question, the lady guide will tell you that women can pray in a different chamber which also has a separate entry. However, for convenience, many women prefer praying at home. Women in U.A.E. must always be followed by a male family member when they go out. This is not always possible. Also, in a patriarchal society, the responsibility of most of the housework and childcare lies with the women. Therefore, women prefer submitting prayers in their homes.
Top tips for Masjid Al Noor in Sharjah
- For women, their clothes should be loose and long. You need to cover your legs and arms well and you need to wear a scarf that covers your head throughout the tour.
- Men must completely cover their bodies all the way to their knees.
- Wear clothes that adequately cover your shoulders.
- Take special care to cover any visible tattoos that you may have on your body.
- You shouldn’t talk loudly inside the mosque
- You should keep your footwear outside or on the stand of the footwear
- Arabic coffee and dates are free, so enjoy it!
- Please be attentive when the guide speaks. You will have plenty of time for photography.
- The public visit is allowed every Monday at 10 a.m. (except public holidays)
- Free tickets to enter this fantastic mosque!
U.A.E is considered the home to one of the most cultured cities in the world, is a friendly and peaceful country that encourages cultural exchange with all nationalities. For new visitors to the Middle East looking to learn about Islam and the Arab way of life and their culture, few places are as warm and welcoming as the U.A.E. to begin to understand their religion. Visit one of these mosques where the guides encourage asking questions and satisfying your curiosity. One of the several reasons why you will love Sharjah so much is because of its gorgeous mosques. The other emirates have beautiful mosques too, but Sharjah’s different. There’s a magical feel to it. It’s like being moved to another era, to another place!