Album for Wynford Park, housing the Toronto High Profile Jamatkhana and Aga Khan Museum.
Speech by Hazar Imam at the Foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai 2003-03-23Posted July 23rd, 2016 by librarian-hd
Your Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am deeply honoured by your presence this morning.
Nestled in one of Bur Dubai's older districts is one of the emirate's best kept architectural secrets: the Ismaili Centre of Dubai. It is a 13,000-square-metre structure designed by the Egyptian duo Rami El Dahan and Soheir Farid, who drew inspiration from Cairo's Fatimid mosques.
The structure was inaugurated in 2008 by Prince Karim, the Aga Khan, in the presence of senior UAE officials. A 3,000-square-metre public neighbourhood park was also created on parts of the land based on Islamic garden themes. The architecture is an amalgamation of everything that is beautiful in Islam.
An artist's rendering shows the pools in the formal garden.