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As part of the “House in Paradise” initiative launched by Dubai’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in December, 2015, the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has announced it will build three new mosques in Dubai with a total value of AED15.5 million.

The three mosques set to be built include Bin Shannaf Mosque (in Al Barsha South area) and Al Badr Mosque (in Oud Al Matina area), each of which will cost AED4 million and will host 300 prayers. In addition, AMAF will construct the Mohammed Nasser Al Huesseini Mosque in Wadi Al Safa 2 area, which will cost AED7.5 million and whose total capacity is yet to be determined.

Commenting on this, His Excellency Tayeb Al Rais, Secretary General of AMAF said: “We are pleased to join the ‘House in Paradise’ initiative. Our participation reflects our commitment to Dubai’s communities and our continuous contribution to the initiatives launched by official government entities. Such initiatives will certainly enhance Dubai’s position in line with the Dubai Plan 2021.”

He added: “Throughout history, houses of worship have been considered one of the most significant waqf assets. Our foundation will continue to build waqf mosques in Dubai in line with AMAF’s efforts to support the role of awqaf in the emirate. We also take into consideration people’s needs and we work on enabling them socially and economically with the support of our waqf services.”

“The mosques that we will build in Dubai in the coming years will be green mosques to align with Dubai’s green building plans which aim to enhance the performance of buildings through reducing their power and water consumption and improving residents’ public health. These plans will create a more sustainable environment and will enhance the infrastructure’s efficiency. Our first contribution in this field was the Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque, which is the first green mosque in the UAE and the Islamic world.”