The biggest Hindu temple of the United Arab Emirates was thrown open on Tuesday in Dubai’s “woship village’ signaling a message of universal peace and harmony from the Islamic country and fulfilling the wishes of Indians living and working in the country.
The 'worship village' in Jebel Ali houses seven churches, the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara, and the new Hindu Temple. It was formally inaugurated by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence. He cut the ribbon and lighted the ceremonial lamp to throw it open for worshippers.
The event was joined in by some 200 dignitaries, including the heads of diplomatic missions, religious leaders of several faiths, business owners and Indian community members.
A UAE resident Hasan Sajwani Tweeted:
UAE’s Minister of Tolerance HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan today inaugurated Dubai’s stunning and new Hindu Mandir (temple). pic.twitter.com/Z6GtZVyBYJ— حسن سجواني 🇦🇪 Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) October 4, 2022
Speaking on the occasion Indian ambassador to the UAE Sunjay 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 large Hindu community living in the UAE.”
Thanking the UAE’s government, Sunjay Sudhir said, the government’s gesture has provided a “second home to 3.5 million Indians where they live and work and contribute to the economy and society."
Shroff told Khaleej Times that the temple opening in Dubai was a dream come true not just for Hindus, but for Indians all over the UAE.” The temple is a true representation of how we perceive religion – bringing cultures together,” he said.
The temple was inaugurated a day ahead of the Dussehra festival and the temple is an extension of the Sindhi Guru Darbar Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples in the UAE.
The temple's foundation was laid in February 2020.
The temple welcomes people of all faiths and has allowed entry to worshippers and other visitors to view the 16 deities other interior works, reported Gulf News.