Plus, the discovery of an ancient mosque in Al Ain adds a new chapter to the UAE's history
Timeframe: Jumeirah Mosque under construction in 1977
The Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai, said to be the most-photographed mosque in the city, is the focal point of the Open Doors, Open Minds programme by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). Seen here under construction in October 1977, the white-walled mosque offers visitors a glimpse of traditional Fatimid architecture, as well as Islamic culture and customs through tours with the SMCCU.
The history of mosques in the UAE entered a new chapter earlier this week, when it was announced that archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 1,000-year-old mosque in Al Ain beside the construction site of the new Sheikh Khalifa mosque.
The discovery of the ancient mosque adds to our understanding of the spread of Islam in the past thousand years and enhances the UAE’s rich cultural heritage.