12 November 2022

Mosque of Light Tour

with Architect Sumaya Dabbagh


Tour of Mosque of the Late Abdulkhaliq Gargash

Starts 10:00 am

Ends 11:00 am

Venue Off-Site


Sumaya Dabbagh's Mosque of Light Tour embraces the spirit of slow walks, taking us through the din of Al Quoz's industrial landscape, into the sublime refuge of her exquisitely designed contemporary mosque – a journey from the outer material world into the inner realms of peace and calm.

As one of the first mosques in the UAE to be designed by a female architect, Dabbagh's contemporary design aesthetic gives the mosque a sense of calm and an intimate connection with mystery and silence amidst the creative neighbourhood of Al Quoz.

With sustainability at the heart of the design, the mosque is constructed with a variety of locally-sourced materials, including stones from Oman, aluminium, concrete, joinery and ceramics from the UAE.

Note for participants: As a respect to the sacred place of worship, you are requested to dress modestly in accordance with the Islamic cultural and traditional value.

About Sumaya Dabbagh

Sumaya Dabbagh is a Saudi architect educated in the UK. She founded Dabbagh Architects in 2008. The practice set out to create a timeless Architecture that enhances people’s lives. It addresses themes of identity, place and context through its contemporary and innovative approach to architecture.

Dabbagh Architects are renowned for their culturally sensitive, contextual designs. The Mleiha Archaeological Centre and the recently completed Gargash Mosque have been globally recognized with multiple awards. Al Ain Museum is currently in the making is a further addition to a new emerging Architecture in the region being carved out by Dabbagh.

In addition to cultural projects, Dabbagh’s portfolio covers diverse sectors including commercial, residential as well as educational. The practice are also known for their quality-driven design. In 2017 they became one of the first RIBA Chartered Practices in the Gulf region.