The first environmentally friendly mosque in the Middle East is set to open in Dubai tomorrow (Friday).
The Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque, in Deira, will be able to accommodate 3,500 worshippers – making it the largest in the city in terms of capacity.
Located close to Deira City Centre mall, it was designed with energy efficiency in mind and built with environmentally friendly materials.
The project is part of a series of similar initiatives et to take place in the near future.
“We aim to convert a large number of mosques in Dubai into eco-friendly facilities that use green building materials, thermal-insulation systems for lowering energy consumption and air conditioners that emit reduced greenhouse gases,” said Tayeb Al Rais, secretary of Awqaf and the Minor Affairs Foundation, a Dubai government body that is responsible for socio-economic development.
The new mosque has been built to meet guidelines set out by the US Green Building Council Standards and Specifications.
It will feature green spaces, particularly gardens on the roof for heat insulation, as well as solar panels to heat water.
“Setting new standards for sustainable mosques in the UAE and the wider region, the mosque will conform to green standards for reducing energy, water and materials consumption,” said Al Rais.
The mosque also meets recent legislation in Dubai that requires new buildings to include green standards in the design, construction and operation of buildings.