The Blue Mosque, Dubai
1960880238125000On the last Friday before the holy month of Ramadan of the year 2011, another landmark was added to Dubai’s list of achievements with the opening of the Blue Mosque. Dubai- the land where architecture is highly appreciated, the Blue Mosque fits right in with the Arabian landscape. The mosque held its first congregation with the Friday prayer on the 29th of July 2011. It was built by Khalaf Al Habtoor, the chairman of Al Habtoor Group. The mosque is named after Umar bin Al Khattab, Prophet Mohammed’s (P.B.U.H) companion, who went on to become the second Caliph after Abu Bakr and was given the title Al Farooq, which means someone who can distinguish the truth from the false. This is one of the three mosques in the United Arab Emirates which is open to people who believe in other religions other than Islam with the other two being the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the Jumeirah Grand Mosque in Dubai. This mosque has a capacity to hold upto two thousand worshippers. Being about 8,700 square metres in area, this mosque is the largest mosque in Dubai. The Blue mosque in Dubai, also known as the Al Farooq Umar ibn Al Khattab Mosque, draws its inspiration and is structurally based on the famous Blue Mosque of Istanbul (The Largest Mosque in Dubai Opens on July 29). 1450975151447500The Blue Mosque in Istanbul was one of the greatest achievements of the Ottomans in the field of architecture. The Ottomans were a military empire which had high levels of rank divisions. It was built in 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I and is also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The Chief architect responsible for the marvelous structures of that period was Sinan who changed the face of Islamic architecture by including various features like the pencil shaped minarets, semi domes, porticoes, fountains and the usage of a lot of windows. He contrasted the colors of the minarets and the domes with the minarets being white and the domes made...
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