First Green Mosque will illuminate hearts

ABU DHABI: When we talk about achievements, the U.A.E. can boast of many firsts, commented a U.A.E. daily. “The opening of the Islamic world’s first Green Mosque to worshipers soon in Dubai will be the latest among such feats. Work on the project is almost complete and the mosque will open doors to worshippers shortly”, said ‘The Gulf Today’ in its editorial on Tuesday. The mosque will be the largest of its kind in Dubai spread across 105,000 square feet with a built-up area of 45,000 square feet that can accommodate 3,500 worshippers.

According to the authorities, the mosque utilises the newest green technologies available in the region. The installation of mixers that are in line with the specifications of green buildings will help reduce water consumption. Care has been taken to moderate the speed of water flow from taps in the ablution areas. Used water will be recycled and utilised in washrooms and for plant irrigation.

The mosque integrates renewable energy solutions in its design. This is illustrated in the exterior lighting poles that are fitted with solar panels, battery storage system that is powered by solar energy and the use of solar panels instead of energy draining electric heaters for the purpose of water heating.

“Right from the time the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation announced the construction of the mosque, work has been moving as per plans. Suspended ceilings have been installed in the “Awqat” and Ladies Hall. Marble-inlay work on the walls of the Prayer Hall has been completed”, added the paper.

Additionally, exterior plastering on the facades, as well as wooden doors and cabinets in the kitchens of the Imam block, have been installed. The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority has already deployed transformers to the site. The contract for granite works at the entrance of the mosque has been awarded, while the installation of the crescents, ablution chairs and handrails has also concluded.

Interestingly, the use of energy-saving LED lights over regular bulbs, and a control system that automatically switches the lights on to correspond with prayer times or in the presence of an individual in the hall are some of the other eco-friendly solutions integrated into the design of the mosque.

In addition to daylight sensors in the extension of the mosque, a climate control system has also been installed for regulating the air-conditioning units according to prayer times and the number of worshippers.

“There is little doubt that the adorable idea will inspire many more eco-friendly initiatives that are in line with U.A.E.’s vision for a sustainable future. Other countries can take a leaf out of this noble and novel concept”, concluded the paper.