ALBAWABA - The largest Hindu temple is now receiving visitors in Dubai. The newest Hindu temple formally opened its doors to worshippers on Tuesday evening and large numbers of the UAE expatriate community are expected to visit the complex.
It is located in a neighbourhood referred to as the 'worship village' and was inaugurated in a ceremony marked with a powerful message of tolerance, peace, and harmony according to Khaleej Times. The 'worship village' in Jebel Ali now houses nine religious shrines, including seven churches and the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara.
#HinduTemple in #Dubai was inaugurated in the presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and the Community Development Authority (CDA), Dr Omar Al Muthanna and Indian envoy to UAE Sunjay Sudhirhttps://t.co/xOXprlX0rB— News18.com (@news18dotcom) October 5, 2022
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, inaugurated the temple by lighting a lantern in the temple's multi-purpose hall on the ground floor according to the UAE daily.
Many are observing the opening:
Yet another Hindu temple is opening in a multi-religious complex in Dubai. It houses 16 Hindu deities&also Guru Granth Sahib. UAE's Min of Tolerance Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan will inaugurate the temple, to open close to Dussehra: Sunjay Sudhir, India's ambassador to UAE pic.twitter.com/HlHw4ejy4g— ANI (@ANI) October 4, 2022
As expected as well there are critics:
It's very strange.— د.عـبدالله العـمـادي (@Abdulla_Alamadi) October 5, 2022
At a time when extremist Hindus are destroying Muslim masjids in India, with the support and encouragement of the fanatical government of Modi, a Hindu temple is being built in the UAE at a cost of 16 million dollars !!
It is unreasonable and unjustifiable. pic.twitter.com/PCfmtlypzM
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