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Photos: Residents rejoice over new mosque opening in Dubai locality

Abdul Karim Hanif

Published on February 23, 2020 at 00.01

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Thousands of Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) residents flocked over to the neighbourhood's first Friday sermon held at the new mosque called Masjid Fatma Sayed Mohammad Yousuf Sharaf. (Text and photos by Abdul Karim Hanif/KT)
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Located in the area's District 12 and next to the newly opened Five Jumeirah Village Hotel, its prayer hall has a capacity to host 1000 worshippers. Located a short walk for many residents living in the district, it also has a dedicated parking area of 40 vehicles within the mosque's premises.
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It officially opened earlier this week and on Friday, it hosted its biggest gathering, one of the mosque's cleaning staff told Khaleej Times.
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According to the spokespeople of the JVC's first mosque, there is a dedicated prayer area for ladies based on the upper level and also has an elevator for easy access. Furthermore, the mosque also hosts a Quran library and also has a separate office with plans to conduct lessons on the Holy Quran. 
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Residents expressed their delight on the community Facebook pages after many shared the mosque's location on Thursday evening to inform their neighbours. "Great news, finally!" said Abdullah Hussein, while even non-Muslims took to the Facebook pages to share their thoughts. "Congratulations to all neighbours who were waiting for this," wrote another resident Shruti Verma. There are two other mosques under construction in the locality, and the opening is expected to reduce the congestion on Hessa Street during the busy prayer time.
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A 25-year-old worshipper Asad Muhammad, said that prior to the opening he would have to drive for over 15 minutes to head towards the closest mosque in nearby Al Barsha South. "Today it felt like it was Eid prayers as the mosque was packed, so I had to pray outside in the courtyard," said Asad.
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The opening also comes weeks before the start of Ramadan. "Now I will only have to drive for about five minutes to join the Taraweeh prayers and it is easy for me to commute from my home in District 11," Asad added.
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