In a move to bolster religious tourism in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai is set to unveil the world's first floating mosque at the Dubai Water Canal next year. The construction of this

innovative mosque comes at a cost of 55 million Dirhams (approximately Rs 124,504,657.1).

The mosque, designed with three floors, will have half of its structure above water, featuring seating areas and a coffee shop, while the prayer hall will be submerged beneath the water's surface. The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in Dubai is overseeing the development of this remarkable project.

"The mosque will be connected to the land. We are finalizing the design, and it will be open to visitors next year," stated Ahmed Khalfan Al Mansouri, a cultural communication consultant at IACAD, as reported by The National News.

While the mosque will be accessible to individuals of all religions, visitors will be required to dress modestly to enter the premises.

This ambitious endeavor follows Dubai's previous announcement in January regarding the construction of the world's first fully functional 3D-printed mosque in Bur Dubai. This pioneering project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2025. Photo by Vicharam, Wikimedia commons.