Singapore firm to lead design of first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

Singapore firm to lead design of first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - The important phase of the complex is slated to be inaugurated during the Expo 2020 in Dubai.


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Published: Sat 11 Aug 2018, 9:14 PM

Last updated: Sun 12 Aug 2018, 8:58 AM

Marking an important milestone on its path to constructing the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, Mandir Limited, along with BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, announced the project's lead consultant and designer.
Raglan Squire and Partners (RSP), an architectural practice based in Singapore, has been chosen to lead and oversee the design and construction of the much-anticipated temple complex in Abu Dhabi.
The signing event was held with volunteers and community leaders who had contributed to the project. The guests of honour were Navdeep Singh Suri, Ambassador of India to the UAE and His Excellency Samuel Tan Chi Tse, Ambassador of Singapore to the UAE.
The agreements were signed by Dr. B.R. Shetty, Chairman of Mandir Limited and Mr. Lai Huen Poh, Global Managing Director of RSP Architects, Planners and Engineers.
The temple project has long been one founded in the core mission of harmony, tolerance and happiness of the UAE government.
In this project, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha's traditional architects (known as sompuras) and engineers will design the stone temple or mandir as it is known in Sanskrit.
The exterior of the mandir will be made of pink sandstone from Rajasthan and the interior from white marble that will be handcrafted by artisans in India. RSP's experts from Singapore, India and the UAE will form a team with BAPS's core team and other respected subconsultants like Ramboll to develop a vibrant cultural and spiritual centre.
The complex will include places for children's activities, exhibitions, multiple prayer halls to serve the community as well as a pure vegetarian food court among other facilities. 

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