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Majestic Hindu temple opens in Dubai

An imposing new Hindu temple that blends Indian and Arabic structure designs has been inaugurated right here in Jebel Ali Village, with a strong message of tolerance, peace and concord. Positioned in a neighbourhood known as the emirate’s ‘worship village’, the temple formally opened its doorways to worshippers throughout the UAE on Tuesday.

“Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance & Coexistence & Amb Sunjay Sudhir inaugurated the brand new Hindu Temple in Dubai. On the event, Ambassador Sunjay Sudhir thanked the UAE Authorities for his or her help to the three.5 million-strong Indian diaspora within the UAE,” the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi tweeted.

A strong message of tolerance, peace and concord, bringing collectively folks from numerous faiths, marked the official opening ceremony, the Khaleej Instances newspaper reported.

Monks chanted “Om shanti shanti Om” in a peace salutation and musicians taking part in the tabla and dhol – Indian drums – greeted folks as they entered.

The ‘worship village’ in Jebel Ali now homes 9 non secular shrines, together with seven church buildings, the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara, and the brand new Hindu home of worship.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was organised in the primary prayer corridor.

Sheikh Nahyan was joined by Ambassador Sudhir, CEO of the social regulatory and licensing company for the Group Improvement Authority (CDA), Dr Omar Al Muthanna and trustee of the Hindu Temple Dubai, Raju Shroff.

Ahmed Abdul Karim Julfar, director-general of the Group Improvement Authority, was additionally current on the occasion.

Over 200 dignitaries, together with the heads of diplomatic missions, non secular leaders of a number of faiths, enterprise house owners and Indian neighborhood members had been additionally current on the glittering opening ceremony.

Sudhir stated: “It’s welcome information for the Indian neighborhood {that a} new Hindu temple is being inaugurated in Dubai immediately. The temple’s opening serves the non secular aspirations of the massive Hindu neighborhood residing within the UAE.

“The brand new temple is adjoining a Gurudwara, which was opened in 2012. We’re honoured that Sheikh Nahayan inaugurated the brand new Hindu temple in Dubai. We thank the graciousness and generosity of the Dubai Authorities for offering land for the temple and facilitating its development,” the Indian envoy stated.

Plans to assemble the 70,000-square-foot home of worship had been introduced in 2020, shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic struck town.

The temple options detailed hand carvings, ornate pillars, brass spires and hanging lattice screens that mix Indian and Arabic structure.

Chatting with Khaleej Instances on the sidelines of the opening ceremony, Shroff stated: “The temple opening in Dubai is a dream come true not only for Hindus, however for Indians everywhere in the UAE. The temple is a real illustration of how we understand faith – bringing cultures collectively.”

“Regardless of COVID-19, development timelines weren’t hampered due to the help of the Dubai authorities. The Hindu Temple Dubai is really a exceptional icon of how receptive and compassionate Dubai and the Authorities of the UAE are. Whether or not it was in 1958 to launch the primary ‘temple’ within the nation to the Hindu temple now, the Emirati generosity stays.”

Pre-registration is required to go to the temple and devotees can register on-line earlier than arrival.

By the tip of the yr, there might be a spacious neighborhood centre the place Hindu ceremonies, rituals and prayers can happen, together with weddings.

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