Al Arif wins contract for Dubai's grand eco-mosque
Largest mosque in the city a pilot project for green mosque standards
Al Arif Contracting has been awarded the contract for the construction and maintenance of the UAE’s first eco-friendly mosque, and what will also be Dubai’s largest mosque upon completion in 18 months time.
An initiative of Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) the 3,500-worshipper mosque is to be built on a 9,755m2 plot near the Clock Tower Roundabout in the Bur Saeed area of Dubai’s Deira.
AMAF secretary ceneral Tayeb Al Rais said: “Al Arif has a track record of shaping major construction projects in the UAE, and has proven experience in the implementation of projects that support environment preservation and sustainability factors.
“Following the successful completion of this landmark initiative, AMAF aims to transform a large number of mosques in Dubai into eco-friendly mosques and adopt green building standards to contribute to Dubai’s sustainable development plans.”
Al Arif won the $6.8m contract from among a large number of construction companies that submitted their tender for the pilot project before July.
Hamad Al Arif, managing director of Al Arif Contracting, said: "We are delighted to take on the responsibility of constructing and maintain the first eco-friendly mosque in the UAE. We look forward to leveraging our experience, technical competencies and manpower to deliver exacting standards.”
Work on the mosque itself is due to begin very soon, and Al Arif’s teams are gearing up for the project.
During the implementation of the project, Al Arif will work closely with a specialist consultant to develop green building standards that will prioritise the provision of green spaces and use of solar panels.
The facility will also ensure the recycling of water, use of environmentally-friendly building materials, and improved performance of the air-conditioning via the integration of high efficiency technologies.
The mosque will also have the unusual Dubai feature of a roof garden for heat insulation.