Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Jumeirah Mosque – Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

We were very happy to see this board for Cultural Understanding, and the Open Doors, Open Mind sign. Until now we were not allowed to enter any Mosque in Dubai and we tried three times. Also here the doors were closed for non-Muslims. Only four days in the week at 10:00 in the morning with a guided tour, you are allowed in. We were not pleased with this. Dubai claims to be open, trying to attract more and more tourists but doesn’t allow non-Muslims to look into their mosques. This is a pity. The cultural understanding doors are only open for four hours a week. The mosque itself from the outside was very beautiful. We wrote 50 articles on this blog about the UAE, it was a great experience of a country with a friendly population.

We waren zeer blij dit bord te zien met het opschrift Cultureel begrijpen, open deuren en open geest. Tot nu toe waren we echter nog niet toegelaten in de drie Moskeeën die we bezochten in Dubai. Ook hier bleven de deuren gesloten voor niet Moslims. Slechts vier dagen per week om 10:00 ’s morgens worden westerlingen toegelaten onder begeleiding van een gids. We waren hier niet tevreden over. Dubai beweert open te zijn, trachten meer toeristen aan te trekken, maar ze laten geen niet Moslims toe in hun Moskeeën. Dit is zeer spijtig. De deuren van het Cultureel begrip zijn slechts 4 uur open per week. De Moskee zelf was mooi aan de buitenzijde. We schreven 50 artikelen op deze blog over de VAE, het was een uitstekende ervaring in een land met vriendelijke mensen..

Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque
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18 comments:

  1. Your articles on the UAE were outstanding and your photos gorgeous. I really enjoyed looking at how much Dubai has changed since I went there in the 1980s – it’s like a completely different place. Great posts.

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  2. Die Minaretten dieser Moschee sehen fantastisch aus, so feine und filigrane Baukunst. Es ist eine erstaunliche Architektur...
    Liebe Grüße, Karin

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  3. Gosh, rather hypocritical. It say open minds, but they won't open their doors. However I may be making a hasty judgement. Maybe their religion says no one who is not Muslim can attend services?

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  4. We had no problems in Turkey. Went into several Mosques...

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  5. I do like looking at the intricate architecture. I've enjoyed your Dubai visit.

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  6. Such great clean lines and then intricate detail on that building.

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  7. Gorgeous photos.
    Mosques I find it amazing that one can't visit when we want to. Makes me wonder, have they something to hide. Yet in some Muslim countries its ok from what I am told.

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  8. Very beautiful on the outside, must be stunning on the inside.

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  9. The sign "Open mind and Open doors" doesn't make sense if one can't easily go in.

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  10. Excellent architecture, and I love mosque !

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  11. Blue skies and white, ornately carved buildings, what could be more beautiful.

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  12. PS: Lots of Christian churches in the UK have shut their doors to the casual visitor.

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  13. we leren veel dankzij je blog
    ik ben net begonnen met een facebook group 'Belgian Blogger", de bedoeling is gewoon een lijst aan te leggen van bloggers die iets met Belgie te maken hebben
    geen commerciele doeleinden
    gewoon een beetje creatieve mensen verzamelen en aanmoedigen
    ok als ik er je blog bij vermeldt?
    je kan ook onmiddellijk zelf iets er op posten
    groeten
    anni

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  14. thanks for the trip around UAE. Stunning photos and a good eye opener. Shame their door wasn't open for you.

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  15. I had no idea you were not allowed to go in as just a visitor, such a shame. The outside is beautiful, I'm s ure the inside must be just as exquisite.
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  16. Wat zijn dit weer indrukwekkende beelden, jammer dat je er niet in mocht!
    Groetjes Cristien.

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  17. thats what I had heart as well before...indeed its easier to understand these facts when you think of it as a religious place, not a sightseeing place;

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  18. The Grand mosque is just magnificent. This design really amazes me. This is such a bold and a one of a kind architectural idea. Really nice.


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