Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is building a state-of-art Grand Mosque at the heart its new Gate Avenue project.
Scheduled to open in 2019, the mosque will have capacity for 500 worshippers, serving all five daily prayer times, Friday and Ramadan prayers, and is accessible 24 hours from street level through lifts and escalators.
Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority, said: “DIFC Grand Mosque, together with the broader world-class offering of Gate Avenue, mark an important addition to the interconnected ecosystem we have at DIFC, and bring a new dimension to the attractive infrastructure we have in place.”
From a design perspective, the 14,500 sq. ft. DIFC Grand Mosque is designed as a cube within a cube, reflecting the iconic Gate Building of DIFC.
While the exterior is minimal, the interior will be more elaborate as it introduces an expansive main chandelier inspired by the traditional Muqarnas.
The outer cube uses a hanging mashrabiya screen to provide shade and privacy to certain areas and opens at the public areas. The screen uses a geometric Islamic pattern that creates openings of different sizes and intensities depending on the function of the space behind the screen.
Spanning across 660,000 square feet of built up area and 880 metres in total length, Gate Avenue at DIFC will link the podium levels of all buildings located in DIFC, from the Gate Building to Central Park Towers.
Upon completion, the flagship development will have over 200 dining, retail and entertainment options in addition to the mosque.