Ahead of the Dussehra celebration, a Hindu temple in the Jebel Ali area was inaugurated by UAE's Minister of Tolerance, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan on Tuesday. The temple foundation which laid its foundation in February 2020, is officially opened to the public on October 5, Wednesday. The temple is an extension of the Sindhi Guru Darbar Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples in the UAE. "UAE's Minister of Tolerance HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan today inaugurated Dubai's stunning and new Hindu Mandir," tweeted UAE resident Hasan Sajwani.
Exclusive first look at interiors of a new Hindu temple 🛕 in Jebel Ali, Dubai 🇦🇪.— حسن سجواني 🇦🇪 Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) August 8, 2022
Doors will open to public on 5 October 2022. pic.twitter.com/IWqgOLoiOS
It has inaugurated today 🙏🏼 https://t.co/QH5On5tF7F— حسن سجواني 🇦🇪 Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) October 4, 2022
This is a stunning piece of art and beautiful place of worship. As an Emirati, I am very proud to see this in my country. A nation 🇦🇪 of acceptance, tolerance and inclusiveness— حسن سجواني 🇦🇪 Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) October 4, 2022
📸 via Rahul Gajjar / @khaleejtimes https://t.co/Fpsx8SUlX4 pic.twitter.com/QS3DH2mmvc
Amb @sunjaysudhir - It is welcome news for the Indian community that The Hindu Temple is being inaugurated today in Dubai. It will serve religious aspirations of the large Hindu community living in 🇦🇪"— India in UAE (@IndembAbuDhabi) October 4, 2022
The new temple is located adjoining the Gurudwara which was opened in 2012. pic.twitter.com/DWcoRIwwGI
According to a report by Gulf News, the temple has ornate pillars, Arabic and Hindu geometric designs on the facade, and bells on the ceiling. The temple already had its partial opening on September 1 this year and allowed the entry of people of all faiths to view the 16 deities' other interior works. Most of the deities are installed in the main prayer hall with a large 3D-printed pink lotus unfurling across the central dome.
The temple management activated the QR-code-based appointment booking system via its website on its soft opening. The temple authority said it has allowed entry of devotees only through QR-coded appointments in order to manage the crowd to ensure social distancing. According to the official temple website, Dubai's new Hindu temple will be open from 6:30 am to 8 pm. Furthermore, it said those who have booked their appointments for October 5, they will be allowed entry without being subject to the hourly number restrictions which are currently in place. However, on other days, the temple will entertain the entry application of 1,000-1,200 devotees.
Shiekh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance & Coexistence & Amb @sunjaysudhir inaugurated the new Hindu Temple in Dubai. On the occasion, Ambassador thanked the UAE Government for their support to the 3.5 million strong Indian diaspora in the UAE. @uaetolerance pic.twitter.com/A3SmaaiLDT— India in UAE (@IndembAbuDhabi) October 4, 2022
Meanwhile, India expressed gratitude to the government and Sanjay Sudhir, who is an Indian ambassador to UAE, said the holy place will serve the religious aspirations of the large Hindu community living in the country. "It is welcome news for the Indian community that The Hindu Temple is being inaugurated today in Dubai. It will serve the religious aspirations of the large Hindu community living in " The new temple is located adjoining the Gurudwara which was opened in 2012," he said.