UAE’s Minister of Tolerance inaugurates Dubai’s new Hindu temple

5 October, 2022 | Pragati Singh

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The UAE's Minister of Tolerance, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, opened a new Hindu temple in the Jebel Ali region on Tuesday, fulfilling a decade-long Indian ambition.

The UAE’s Minister of Tolerance, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, opened a new Hindu temple in the Jebel Ali region on Tuesday, fulfilling a decade-long Indian ambition.

“UAE’s Minister of Tolerance HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan today inaugurated Dubai’s stunning and new Hindu Mandir (temple),” tweeted UAE resident Hasan Sajwani. It was inaugurated a day ahead of the Dussehra festival and the temple is an extension of the Sindhi Guru Darbar Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples in the UAE.

In February 2020, the temple’s foundation was laid.

The temple, which will be formally open to the public on Dussehra, welcomes people of all religions and has enabled worshipers and other visitors to observe the 16 deities and other interior works, according to Gulf News.

The temple, which welcomes people of all religions, had its soft opening on September 1, 2022, when hundreds of tourists were able to see the temple’s interiors made of white marble. It has elaborate pillars, Arabic and Hindu geometric motifs on the exterior, and ceiling bells.

The temple management activated the QR-code-based appointment booking system via its website on its soft opening.

The temple has received many visitors from day one, especially over the weekends. The restricted entry has been regulated through QR-coded appointments for crowd management and to ensure social distancing, the report said.

Most of the deities are installed in the main prayer hall with a large 3D-printed pink lotus unfurling across the central dome.

According to the official temple website, Dubai’s new Hindu temple will be open from 6:30 am to 8 pm.

Visitors who have booked their appointments to visit the temple from Dubai’s official website for October 5, will be allowed entry without being subject to the hourly number restrictions which are currently in place.

Moreover, the temple in Dubai has a whooping capacity to easily accommodate around 1,000 to 1,200 worshippers on a daily basis.

Located in what is described as the ‘Worship Village’ in Jebel Ali which houses several churches and the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara, the temple had also installed the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs, in August.