The Ismaili Centre, Dubai is a complex of creative spaces for contemplative, cultural, educational and recreational purposes, designed to encourage understanding and the sharing of wisdom from a plurality of perspectives.
The site was generously given to the Ismaili community by the Ruling Family of Dubai and was presented by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to His Highness the Aga Khan on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of his accession to the Imamat in 1982.
The well-planned expansion of the metropolis, the site in Oud Metha saw its residential and commercial neighbourhood progressively developed by the launch of cultural and social facilities. The community and the Aga Khan Development Network enlarged their commitment with charitable, educational, philanthropic and development organisations in Dubai and the extensive region.
It was also observed that a complex around which to centre these activities could contribute also to its immediate surroundings. The Ismaili Centre, Dubai was conceived in an effort to complement evolutions in technology and urban development with a deep-rooted endeavour to revitalise the ethnicities of construction, artistry and landscape design in the Islamic world.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum believes and shares a vision with Mawlana Hazar Imam, together they plan to keep with Islamic traditions and work towards pursuit for knowledge. They want to contribute to the advancement of humanity.
The collective spirit will work towards the construction and development of the Centre advanced. The foundation stone was laid on 13 December 2003, and the Centre was opened on 27 March 2008 by Mawlana Hazar Imam in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan – senior members of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates.Prayer Hall courtyard.
The salsabil water feature is the centre piece of the intimate Morning Prayer Hall courtyard. The landscaping of the centre also takes as a starting point the representation in the Holy Qur’an of paradise as a garden. Symbolic of continuity, growth and change, the natural features.
The Shia Ismaili Muslims are a community of ethnically and culturally diverse peoples living in over 25 countries around the world, united in their allegiance to His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan (known to the Ismailis as Mawlana Hazar Imam) as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader), and direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family).
Location: Oud Metha, Near Karachi Darbar Restaurant, Bur Dubai, Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
Phone: +971 4 336 5566