Dubai to welcome visitors for Dussehra celebration, inaugurates new Hindu temple

The newest Hindu Temple in Jebel Ali had its grand opening on Tuesday evening and is set to celebrate Dushera, the Hindu festival, today in the evening.

The newest Hindu Temple in Jebel Ali had its grand opening on Tuesday evening and is set to celebrate Dushera, the Hindu festival, today in the evening.

The management member, Raju Shroff, said they will be in a lot of rush today as visitors will be flocking to the new Temple for Darshans as of now and big aarti (Hindu ritual) at 7.30 pm.


People who are planning to visit the new Hindu Temple are advised to pre-register their entries through a QR code, but walk-in visitors are also permitted.

The magnificent and massive Hindu Temple is located in the Worship Village. The Temple shares an adjacent wall with Sikh Gurudwara, and the area consists of at least six churches.

The ‘worship temple’ in Jebel Ali now houses nine religious temples of different religions.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, inaugurated the temple by lighting a lantern in the temple’s multi-purpose hall on the ground floor.

Yesterday during the grand opening, the event was organised in the temple’s main hall situated on the ground floor.

Sheikh Nahyan was joined by Sunjay Sudhir, Indian Ambassador to the UAE; Dr Omar Al Muthanna, CEO of the social regulatory and licensing agency for the Community Development Authority (CDA); and Raju Shroff, trustee of the Hindu Temple Dubai. Ahmed Abdul Karim Julfar, director-general of the Community Development Authority, was also present at the event.


More than 200 notables, including several faith leaders, diplomatic missions, religious leaders of several faiths, business owners and Indian community members, were also present at the glittering opening ceremony.

In a statement, Indian Ambassador to UAE Sanjay Sudhir said, “It is welcome news for the Indian community that a new Hindu temple is being inaugurated in Dubai today. The temple’s opening serves the religious aspirations of the significant Hindu community living in the UAE. The new temple is adjoining a Gurudwara, which was opened in 2012.


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