Shaikha Salama Mosque to be reconstructed

ALAIN - The Al Ain Department of Municipalities and Agriculture will reconstruct Shaikha Salama Mosque, which is considered one of the key Islamic buildings in the city.

By Lana Mahdi

Published: Sat 12 Aug 2006, 9:41 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:09 PM

Ahmed El Sharief, Al Ain Municipality's Deputy Head, said that the move follows the directive of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

He noted that the new design of the mosque, located near the Old Market (Souq) in Al Ain, will transform it into a modern architectural monument located in Al Ain downtown near the Town Square.

"There is too much rush at the old mosque every week for Friday prayers with increasing number of people congregating there. The parking areas are also not enough," he pointed out.

The mosque area will be expanded to resolve the problem of accommodating the huge number of people, particularly for Friday prayers, which cause a traffic jam in the area.

El Sharief said that parking space with several floors would be built along with new facilities and a prayer room for women.

The Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs and Auqaf has asked the Al Ain Department of Works to reconstruct 58 mosques in different areas in Al Ain. Interestingly, an official from Al Ain Auqaf office informed that 90 per cent of Al Ain mosques are new.

Al Ain City has 783 mosques, which are distributed, in different areas. Al Ain contains the biggest number of Eid mosques, as the city has 27 of them compared with just two in Abu Dhabi city, two in Bani Yas, and six in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi emirate.

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