New mosque development will add to the appeal of Downtown Dubai

13/08/2012 - Dubai Property News Posted by Bob Brunskill
New mosque development will add to the appeal of Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai is an increasingly interesting place to visit thanks to a number of new building developments in the area. The Modern Art Museum and Opera House District are set to be opened in the near future, as the region becomes the cultural heartbeat of Dubai. Builders are also set to erect a new mosque in the city centre and it has been described as a "modern-day cultural landmark", the National reports. The 1,400-square-metre site will be able to house 800 people at one time and it will also be only the fourth mosque in the country that accommodates non-Muslims. Visitors to the emirate will no doubt head to the mosque just to see the beautiful traditional architecture, which construction experts insist will be very elegant. The religious site will be named after Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan - the deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs - and is to be built by Emaar. "We are thankful to His Highness Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the opportunity to host this mosque in Downtown Dubai," commented Emaar managing director Ahmad Al Matrooshi. "The mosque will be designed to reflect the rich traditional architectural heritage while serving as a haven of peace and serenity and is set to become a modern day cultural landmark for Dubai," he added. Of course, people from all over the world already flock to the centre of Dubai on sightseeing tours, even before this mosque is built. Downtown Dubai boasts the largest building and shopping mall on the planet and visitors are always amazed by what they see. Tourism figures are expected to rise further as the region expands even more. Last month, bosses at Dubai International Airport revealed that a record number of passengers passed through the facility in the first half of 2012. Indeed, 27.9 million people visited the emirate during the six-month period and four million tourists landed in the emirate in June alone - a 16 per cent rise on the corresponding month in 2011.