Rising dramatically out of an endless sprawl of low-rise villas, the Farooq Mosque offers a rare and correspondingly welcome dash of architectural excitement amid the endless suburban monotony of southern Jumeirah. One of three Dubai mosques (along with the Jumeirah and Diwan mosques) currently open to non-Muslims, the Farooq was rebuilt in 2011 with funds provided by the Al Habtoor foundation of Emirati businessman Khalaf Ahmad al Habtoor and can hold around two thousand worshippers, making it one of the largest in the UAE. Inspired by the famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the exterior sports four spiky, 65m-high minarets and 21 domes in classic Ottoman style. Inside, the beautifully decorated prayer hall features an unusual quadrapartite dome, a huge red carpet and exquisitely decorated mihrab – a blissfully cool and peaceful retreat in which to sit and recharge both physical and spiritual batteries during the heat of the day.

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