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Good news for Sikhs in UAE. New gurdwara built on land donated by Sheikh.

Sikh prayers answered

National Editorial

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2011

On his travels across the continent of Asia, Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh religion, is said to have traversed vast areas of the Arabian peninsula. Baghdad, Medina and Mecca, where he observed the Kaaba, were on his itinerary.

Today, it is reassuring that the spirit of religious tolerance that he encountered in the 16th century can still flourish in this land. As The National reports today, the country's Sikh community will soon be celebrating the opening of its own dedicated prayer centre in the UAE.

The Dh102-million Gurunanak Darbar project, opposite the St Mina Coptic Orthodox church at Jebel Ali, will hold 900 people when it's completed in a few months time.

It is a welcome move for the nation's 50,000 Sikhs, many of whom have been holding religious ceremonies in their homes for lack of a place to pray. Sikhs in the UAE currently share the Shiva and Krishna Mandir temple complex in the Old Souk in Bur Dubai with the country's Hindu community. Thanks to the generosity of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Ruler of Dubai, who donated the land for the new centre, such makeshift measures will soon become a thing of the past.

Just as importantly, it carries on the tradition of religious openness and acceptance that Dubai, and the UAE, has long held. Long may it continue.

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Hi there

Do you have any idea of the actual opening date for the new gurdwara in the UAE, as my family and I are eager to go and see it. We live in Kuwait and we also don't have a gurdwara to speak of.



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http://www.gurudwaradubai.com official website

The Gurunanak Darbar will be an architectural distinctive structure located in the 25,400 square feet plot in Jebel Ali, Dubai, along Sheikh Zayed road connecting Dubai to U.A.E. capital Abu Dhabi. It is at the same time a functional complex, an avenue for community events and marriages. The Gurunanak Darbar is a multi-storey facility spread over 100,000 sq.ft building area located at T-Junction of two large accessible roads. The building has two basements, a ground floor and a first floor, plus an intermediate terrace floor. Each basement is measured 25,000 square feet that can contain parking space for up to 100 cars. The 21,000 square feet ground floor houses the dining hall, kitchen, pantry, and store room. The reception desk and Gurudwara office is also in the ground floor complimented with wash room and shoe storage facilities.

As one roams the complex, one will be hearten and in awe. There is a 54 meter Parikarma covered with traditional grill work. The water body flowing around the road frontage is inspired by the Sarowar of the Golden Temple. It cast a surreal reflection of the building facade with the cascade feature lending the sound of flowing water. There are two main entrances to the complex, one from each access road. Each having wash rooms and shoe storage facilities, that is also designed to cater the special needs of senior citizens. The grand staircase is designed to hold a huge traffic of people going up and down. It is flattered by tall windows radiating natural light from stained glass that perfectly magnifies space.

The Prayer Hall has two doors and two Parshad (sweets) counters, in the lobby area. The 7.2 meter soaring ceiling is elegantly crowned by the astounding 18 meter diameter dome roof. The column free hall is surrounded in circular form by the classical arch windows. An Aile runs diagonally across the hall to the Palki Sahib. One will be left in pure reverence and feel grandeur in experiencing the ambiance of the hall.

The function room that overlooks prayer hall is of great utility. It boasts to service 900 people, also having a stage best fit for matrimonial ceremonies. The dining area asserts to accommodate 600 people and prepare 1800 rotisserie per hour and wash 1200 plates and glass per hour.

We are anticipating for the grand completion of the Gurunanak Darbar in 2011.


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