A new benchmark for mosque design has been established with the construction of eight new places of worship in the city of Al Ain.
They are all being built to 2 Pearl Estidama standards and will feature traditional Emirati motifs and architectural elements.
Accessibility and sustainable building practices are also important factor in the designs being built within the Jebel Hafeet Emirati Housing Project, which consists of 3,000 villas, as well as amenities including schools, health facility and retail
“We are very proud to see the successful implementation of the Abu Dhabi Mosque Development Regulations in the design of the mosques, which ensure that a regulatory framework exists to safeguard the development of mosques across the Emirate that represent our local identity,” said Mohamed Al Khadar, executive director at Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council.
“It is vital that Abu Dhabi has a framework to optimise the distribution of mosques and enhance their role within communities, encouraging design innovation while preserving Emirati architectural heritage and ensuring that mosques are built, operated and maintained to the highest international standards.
“The Jebel Hafeet Emirati Housing Project will be a thriving community where residents are within walking distance to a mosque and are able to worship in a comfortable, attractive and safe environment. The way that the mosques have been incorporated into the plans sets an extremely high standard and should serve as a model for other real estate developers to emulate.”
The project is a joint one between Tamouh Investments and Musanada (Abu Dhabi General Services Company). It is in the final stages of construction ahead of the scheduled handover this year.