15 new mosques to come up in Abu Dhabi

The mosques will be able to welcome a capacity of 6,334 worshippers

A view shows Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque before a visit by Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 4, 2019.

A view shows Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque before a visit by Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 4, 2019.

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Fifteen new mosques are set to come up in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra.

Construction of the mosques, which will have a total capacity of 6,334 worshippers, has already begun, and will cost Dh45 million. Each of the 15 mosques includes a ladies prayer room, muezzin and imam accommodation. They also include internal and external ablution areas.

In Abu Dhabi, the mosques are located on a total land area of 17,392 sq.m and can hold 2,928 worshipers. In Al Ain, the mosques are located on an area of 15,247 sq.m and can accommodate 2,162 worshipers, while in Al Dhafra, they are located on an area of 9,219 sq.m and can accommodate 1,244 worshippers.

All 15 mosques are expected to be completed before the end of 2020.

The development has been started by the Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Modon Properties, a subsidiary of ADQ mandated by the Government of Abu Dhabi to develop integrated tourism destinations and sustainable residential communities.

The construction of the 15 mosques comes as a wider part of the Department of Municipalities and Transport's strategic development plan. Overall, 20 mosques will be constructed in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, including seven mosques in Abu Dhabi, five mosques in Al Ain, and three in Al Dhafra. The Department of Municipalities and Transport, in co-operation with Modon, delivered the first five of these mosques to the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments last Ramadan.

Hamad Al Mutawa, Executive Director of Operations Affairs at the DMT said: "The Department of Municipalities and Transport is keen to implement the directives of our wise leadership to improve people's quality of life in the Emirate by providing all manner of facilities, both now and in the future. The establishment of these mosques comes within the framework of the department's plan to build 20 new mosques in Abu Dhabi Emirate in line with its vision and goals to develop sustainable and integrated urban communities that have easily accessible services, contributing to achieving community satisfaction."

Commenting on the development of the mosques, Abdul Qader Al Jabri, Project Manager at Modon Properties, said: "These 15 mosques help residents of the emirate of Abu Dhabi to enjoy an integrated lifestyle. Situated in strategic locations, each mosque will serve a wide segment of both residents and citizens of the emirate, in line with the vision of the development of Abu Dhabi."

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