In pictures: UAE's porta-mosques
July 4, 2013
A mosque that was originally set-up temporarily but still in use in the Mina Fishmarket in Abu Dhabi. Christopher Pike / The National
Porta-mosque design incorporates architectural elements from these megastructures that originally served functional purposes. Migrant workers often embellish porta-mosques in the styles of their home countries. This inspires and dictates future porta-mosq???
A worshipper inside a porta-mosque in Abu Dhabi's Fish Market. Every day, hundreds of thousands of men across the country pray in porta-mosques. Sammy Dallal / The National
Imam Moosa Muhyideenat the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nayan Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Decorative minarets, often no larger than the loudspeakers attached to them, are considered an essential piece of porta-mosques, even though they are foreign to traditional ???
Dozens of porta-mosques were once found across the city. Mosques like this one and its sister mosque at the Mina fish market have survived for almost two decades and now appear to be permanent structures. Sammy Dallal / The National
Muhyideen looks forward to the day his mosque will become a permanent concrete structure. It is function that matters, not form. “Concrete is better,” he says. “Rats, cats, everything is here." Sammy Dallal / The National