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02-03-2012, 02:43 AM #1
Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai
he United Arab Emirates has inaugurated the country’s first official Sikh gurudwara.
Guru Nanak Darbar opened on Friday in Jebel Ali around 35 km from Dubai, ending years of demand from the Sikh community for a dedicated place of worship.
The gurudwara is believed to be the first of its kind in the entire region.
Narinder Singh resident of Dubai and member of SikhinDubai.com who conducts kirtan (devotional songs) believe, "It's a historical step and a boast for the Sikh community living in the UAE".
His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai gave his consent for the gurudwara. He also gave away free land for the gurudwara.
The gurudwara is spread over an area of 25,000 square feet near the Jebel Ali Hospital.
It has a dedicated floor for community feasts (langar) and a huge hall for devotional songs (kirtan). Arrangements can be made for community feasts for about 5,000 people at a time.
After a long-standing demand, the Sikh community believes it was an example of the strength of the community and their role in UAE society.
Media professional Abhimanyu Vir Pratap says, "It's good for the community specially people residing this part of the town. We don't have to go as far as Bur Dubai. On holidays the entire community can gather together and exchange our views, philosophies and carry out our charity work."...being a human...
02-25-2012, 11:29 PM #2
03-16-2012, 03:59 AM #3