Dubai sets yet another precedent of excellence with it’s first green mosque, keeping into consideration the declining environmental conditions.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inaugurated the world’s very first mosque which received the platinum rating for green buildings from the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4) by the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) achieved 83 points.
This mosque located in Hatta can accommodate more than 600 worshippers. The total area of this mosque is 1,050 square metres in accordance with the highest environmental sustainability standards.
“This is in accordance with the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which outlines an integrated road map for urban development based on sustainable development to make Dubai the world’s best place to live,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.
This beautiful mosque has a 25-metre-high minaret, along with car and motor bicycle parking, facilities are made available for People of Determination, also provides for a separate green charger station. It conserves approx 26.5 per cent of energy and 55 per cent of water.
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Solar photovoltaic panels are currently under theinstallation process. Besides, a water treatment unit is also the part of this mosquefor reusing water for irrigation and cleaning purposes.
DEWA also ensured air quality by using a highly efficient device for air purification to provide a sustainable and healthy environment inside the mosque, with recycled materials used for construction.
“Inaugurating the world’s first mosque to receive the platinum rating for green buildings by the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design in Hatta, is part of DEWA’s efforts to support the comprehensive and sustainable development plan of Hatta and meet the needs of its social, economic and environmental development,” added Al Tayer.
LEED Platinum certification itself impliesmosques’ achievement of meeting all global sustainability standards and attained the top most levels of efficiency.
“This supports the UAE’s efforts in combating climate change,” said Dr Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in Dubai.
“IACAD undertakes a globally-orientated mission focused on promoting the values of moderate Islam, developing charitable work and building mosques in accordance with international best practices. The inauguration of the mosque reflects the distinguished initiatives that prioritize sustainable practices and human health,” added Al Shaibani.