Dubai’s $6.81 million eco-friendly mosque to open in 2013

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Dubai will have a modern, eco-friendly mosque by the end of 2013 that will be powered by solar panels and have a water-recycling plant that will reduce energy and water consumption by 15-19%.

The Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF), which is funding the project, said that the AED25 million ($6.81m) mosque would be located behind Al Rowad village near the Clock Tower Roundabout in Deira. The 45,000-square-foot mosque will have about 105,000-square-foot area and will accommodate about 3,500 worshippers at a time.

The mosque will also feature green spaces such as gardens on the roof for heat insulation. In addition it will have solar panels to heat water for ablution. The mosque will house recycling plants to treat water used in ablution for gardening and washroom purposes and will be constructed with eco-friendly materials. It will additionally use thermal insulation, programmed and automatic thermostat, suction fans with energy recovery units, and natural light and heat-reflective colours.

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