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Religions of Dubai

We're pleased to be able to tell you more about the rules of religion in Dubai and in particular more about various aspects of Islam, the official state religion, as per our sub-menu to the right.

Article 7 of the UAE’s Provisional Constitution declares Islam to be the official state religion of the UAE. The government subsidises almost 95% of mosques and employs all Imams. Approximately 5% of mosques are entirely private and several large mosques have large private endowments.

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Other religions are also tolerated. Dubai also has large Christian, Hindu, Bahá’i, Sikh, Buddhist and other religious communities residing in the city.

Non-Muslim groups can own their own houses of worship, where they can practice their religion freely, by requesting a land grant and permission to build a compound. Groups that do not have their own building must use the facilities of other religious organisations or worship in private homes.

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There’s a church compound at Jebel Ali where there are a number of buildings, each one hosting one or more non-Muslim churches, with a massive sometimes sand-covered car park and a sand road leading to the compound.

Our daughter was married at the Anglican Christ Church in this Jebel Ali compound which is, we believe, one of just two Anglican churches in Dubai. It has a very modern main church hall with coloured glass windows, capable of holding perhaps 800 people, and we were made to feel very welcome at the wedding and also on other occasions when we’ve attended. It is, however, a long drive from the older part of Dubai. We were amused to be told not to arrive by helicopter on a Friday, the main day of worship, as the car park would be so full it wouldn’t be able to land!

Christ Church Jebel Ali

The actual Christ Church building also has a number of smaller meeting rooms and these and the main hall are at times used by over 15 churches of other denominations, some of which you’ll never have heard who share the building with the Anglicans.

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Non-Muslim religious groups are permitted to openly advertise group functions; however, proselytising (trying to convert others) or distributing religious literature is strictly prohibited under penalty of criminal prosecution, imprisonment and deportation for engaging in behaviour offensive to Islam.

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