Spanning an area of 25,400 sq. feet, the Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple became one of the very first Gurudwaras to be built in the Islamic city of Dubai. To be more precise, it is considered to be the first official gurudwara in the entire gulf. The opening of this Gurudwara in April 2010 brought about a wave of happiness among the Sikh community settled in Dubai who finally got a place of worship in the heart of the city.
Built at the cost of 20 million, the architectural design of the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple was finalized after visiting some of the renowned Gurudwaras around the world, including the Golden Temple in India. The initiative was taken by Dubai based businessman, Mr Surinder Singh Kandhari, who got the permission granted from Sheikh Mohammed, the honorable Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE. The funds for building the temple were accumulated from donations made by devout Sikhs from across the world. The Gurudwara is a three-storeyed building comprising of a langar area, a basement and some assembly halls. The setting up of Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple is believed to have taken the relations between Sikhs and Dubai government to a whole new level.
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