The striking new mosque is set to open next year…

DIFC will soon be home to a state-of-the-art mosque, which will be able to accommodate as many as 500 worshippers.

The 14,500 square-foot mosque, which will be known as DIFC Grand Mosque, will be located in the Gate Avenue district. It’s scheduled to open in 2019.

The mosque has been described as a “modern, non-conformist facility with references to tradition”. It was designed by architecture firm RMJM.

The building design is a simple cube within a cube. But while the exterior will be minimal, the interior will be more elaborate, with an expansive main chandelier inspired by the traditional Muqarnas (an ornamental feature unique to Islamic architecture).

Here are some renders of the interior:

The outer cube will feature a hanging mashrabiya screen that acts as a veil to provide shade and privacy to certain areas. The screen will also lift to allow the intricate detail of the mosque’s interior to be visible to the public.

DIFC Authority chief executive officer Arif Amiri said: “The DIFC masterplan continues to introduce state-of-the-art, urban architecture that is designed to enrich the experience of our growing community of professionals, residents and visitors alike.

“DIFC Grand Mosque, together with the broader world-class offering of Gate Avenue, marks an important addition to the interconnected ecosystem we have at DIFC, and bring a new dimension to the attractive infrastructure we have in place.”

It looks like it’s going to be pretty spectacular – and very in keeping with DIFC’s stylish buildings. We can’t wait to check it out.

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