Monday, May 24, 2010

Guru Nanak Durbar - Dubai's gurdwara

Guru Nanak Durbar, the first gurdwara in the UAE, will be opened in Dubai next month.

After studying important Sikh shrines the world over, including the most famouse Golden Temple at Amritsar in India, the structure was finalised and built at cost of $20 million. The ultra-modern gurdwara is a rare piece of architectural design, a blend of modern and traditional building style.

In 2008, Gulf-based industrialist Surender Singh Kandhari took initiative to build the big budget project. He sort permission from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE. He convinced the top authorities in UAE about the tolerant teachings of Sikh gurus. Kind hearted Sheikh not only granted immediate permission for the shrine, but also gave free land to the community in the heart of Dubai.

It took almost 2 years for Dubai-based architectural firms Holford Associates and Paul Bishop Design Associates to give final shape to the 3 storyed mega structure built over 12,5000 sq ft with a basement, a langar (a community kitchen) and assembly halls.

The Guru Nanak Darbar will accommodate over 600 devotees at the langar hall at one time. It will be ready by next few months except for some minute interior design work.


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