Standing on either side of Al Wasl Road, the striking Iranian Hospital and nearby Imam Hossein Mosque (generally known simply as the “Iranian Mosque”) add a welcome splash of colour to the pasty concrete hues which rule in this part of the city. The hospital is a large, functional, modern building improbably covered in vast quantities of superb blue-green tiling in the elaborate abstract floral patterns beloved of Persian artists. The mosque is even finer, its sumptuously tiled dome and two minarets particularly magical, especially in low light early or late in the day. Unfortunately the mosque is walled off and you can only see it from a certain distance – the best view is from the small residential side street which runs around the back of it, rather than from Al Wasl Road itself.

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