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Grand Hindu temple opened in Dubai

The ‘worship village’ in Jebel Ali now houses seven churches, the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Gurdwara and the new Hindu house of worship.

The ‘worship village’ in Jebel Ali now houses seven churches, the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Gurdwara and the new Hindu house of worship.

With a powerful message of tolerance, peace and harmony, a majestic new Hindu temple blending Indian and Arabic architectural designs has been inaugurated in the village of Jebel Ali.

Located in a neighborhood referred to as the ‘worship village’ of the emirate, the temple formally opened its doors to worshipers in the UAE on Tuesday.

“Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance & Coexistence & Amb @sunjaysudhir inaugurated the new Hindu temple in Dubai. On the occasion, Ambassador Sanjay Sudhir expressed his appreciation for the support of the 3.5 million strong Indian diaspora to the UAE Thank you Govt.,” the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi tweeted.

A powerful message of tolerance, peace and harmony, bringing people of different faiths together, marks the official opening ceremony, Khaleej Times newspaper reported.

Priests chanted “Om Shanti Shanti Om” in peace greetings and musicians playing tabla and dhol – Indian drums – greeted people as they entered.

The ‘worship village’ in Jebel Ali now houses nine religious shrines, including seven churches, the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Gurdwara and the new Hindu House of Worship.

Ribbon cutting ceremony was organized in the main prayer hall.

Sheikh Nahyan was accompanied by Ambassador Sudhir, CEO of Social Regulatory and Licensing Agency for Community Development Authority (CDA), Dr. Omar Al Muthanna and Trustee of Hindu Temple Dubai, Raju Shroff.

Ahmed Abdul Karim Zulfar, Director General, Community Development Authority, was also present on the occasion.

The grand opening ceremony was also attended by over 200 dignitaries including heads of diplomatic missions, religious leaders of multiple religions, business owners and members of the Indian community.

Mr. Sudhir said: “It is welcome news for the Indian community that a new Hindu temple is being inaugurated in Dubai today. The inauguration of the temple fulfills the religious aspirations of the larger Hindu community living in the UAE.

“The new temple is adjacent to a gurudwara, which was opened in 2012. We are honored that Sheikh Nahyan inaugurated the new Hindu temple in Dubai. We are committed to providing land for the temple and facilitating its construction. Thank you for the kindness and generosity of the Government of Dubai.” The Indian envoy said.

Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the city, plans to build a 70,000-square-foot house of worship were announced in 2020.

The temple features elaborate hand carvings, ornate pillars, brass minarets and striking lattice screens that are a blend of Indian and Arabic architecture.

Speaking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the opening ceremony, Mr. Shroff said: “The inauguration of the temple in Dubai is a dream come true not only for Hindus, but for Indians across the UAE. The temple stands for this. True representation of how we feel. Religion – bringing cultures together.” “Despite COVID-19, the support of the Government of Dubai did not hinder the construction timeline. Hindu Temple Dubai is truly a remarkable symbol of how receptive and kind the government of Dubai and the UAE is. Be it to launch in 1958 The country’s first ‘temple’ is now a Hindu temple, Emirati generosity remains.” Pre-registration is required to visit the temple and devotees can register online before arrival.

By the end of the year, there will be a huge community center where Hindu ceremonies, rituals and prayers, including weddings, can take place.

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