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Guru Nanak Darbar, Dubai

  • In the land of tall skyscrapers and hustle-bustle, the Guru Nanak Darbar spreads peace, hope, and spirituality in Dubai. Welcoming Sikh and non-Sikh visitors since 2012, Guru Nanak Darbar has the distinction of being the first Sikh temple in UAE making it one of the most famous attraction in Dubai. The gurudwara is located in the Jebel Ali Gardens, sprawling across an area of 100,000 square meters.

    The main complex of the Guru Nanak Darbar Sahib is constructed from Italian marble, which is adorned with intricately designed 24-carat gold canopies. The gurdwara is encircled by a 54-meter long walkway, also known as parikrama, which you can be covered on foot and offer your prayers. The gurudwara in Dubai also houses a holy pond at the center of the complex, where devotees can take a dip and offer prayers. 

    On your visit to Guru Nanak Darbar Sahib, prepare yourself for a spellbinding reflection of the temple in the holy pond during the evening when the lights are turned on, resembling the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The evening hours at Guru Nanak Darbar are the most serene with the temple lighting up in its full glory and the kirtans filling the air with spirituality.

    The main hall of the gurdwara offers space for praying and religious lectures. A raised platform is built inside this hall, where the sacred Guru Granth Sahib is placed in a lotus-shaped golden dome. 
    While kirtans and religious tunes soothe your ears, you can also enjoy the delicious langar served all day in the main dining area.

    Relish the purely vegetarian meal, prepared and served by members and volunteers of the community, and exchange philosophies with other visitors who throng the gurudwara irrespective of their caste, religion, and ethnicity.

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    Essential Information


    Location: Jebel Ali Gardens, Al Muntazah, Dubai

    Timings: You can visit the shrine between 4:30 AM & 8:30 AM (UAE time zone). For administrative purposes or bookings, you can visit between 9 AM & 9 PM

    Price: No entry cost

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    Places to Visit near Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai


    You can visit Guru Nanak Darbar between 4:30 PM and 8:30 PM to offer prayers and feel spiritual. While the place offers serenity, there are many places around the gurudwara you can visit to catch a different side of Dubai:

    1. Burj Khalifa: Located at a distance of 29 km, the tallest building in the world is not worth missing.  Enjoy the spectacular views of Dubai from the Burj Khalifa. The architectural marvel is also every photographer’s delight.

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    2. Jumeirah Beach: Unwind yourself by soaking under the Sun as Jumeirah Beach offers you an opportunity to get close to the seas. Enjoy the spectacular views of the sunset as the cool breeze blowing over the seas rejuvenates you. The beach is located at a distance of 27km from gurudwara.

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    3. The Dubai Mall: Dubai is a popular destination amongst shoppers. Visit the Dubai Mall, located at a distance of 28 km from the gurudwara, to shop and eat. The mall also houses several activities of entertainment and amusement including the Underwater Zoo and Dubai Aquarium. The gaming zone in the mall will also keep you hooked on your visit to Dubai.

    4. Palm Jumeirah: Popular for its unique palm-shaped design, the Palm Jumeirah houses several resorts and restaurants where you can try various cuisines and spend leisurely time. While the man-made island boosts of luxurious archipelagos, it also offers a host of adventure activities such as sailing, speed boating, and skydiving. The island is located at a distance of 8 km from the gurudwara.

    5. The Dubai Fountain: Witness the spectacular synchronization of water, music, and lights at the Dubai Fountain, which is the largest choreographed fountain in the world. Take a ride in Dubai Lake to witness the spectacle from up close. The fountain is located at a distance of 29 km from Guru Nanak Darbar Sahib.

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    Best Time to Visit Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai


    The best time to visit the place is between the months of November and March when the climate is the most pleasant in Dubai. If you are planning to visit the shrine, you should go between 4:30 PM and 8:30 PM.


    Tips for Visiting Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai


    The Guru Nanak Darbar is a religious place that allows Sikhs as well as non-Sikhs equally warmly at no cost. However, it is best to follow these practices to respect the religious sentiments of the followers and manage the sanctity of the place:

    Cover your head: When you enter the premises, cover your head with a handkerchief or a scarf. In case you are not carrying your own cloth to cover your head, you can borrow it from the members at the premises.

    Remove your shoes outside: To protect the sanctity of the religious place, you must deposit your pair of footwear at the shoe storage area in the premises.

    Dress modestly: Avoid wearing shorts, dresses or clothes exposing your knees. You must avoid wearing revealing dresses.

    Check-in: If you are visiting with a large group, inform the temple authorities in advance so they can make proper arrangement.

    Enjoy the langar: Langar offers you an opportunity to dine with the Sikhs while listening to kirtans. The vegetarian meal prepared in the gurudwara kitchen is best coupled with warm and healthy interactions with people assembled in the prayer hall to participate in the langar.

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    How to reach Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai from Airport?


    The Guru Nanak Darbar is located at a distance of 38 km from Dubai Airport, which can be covered by a 30-minute drive in a cab. Hire a cab to the Jebel Ali Garden from the airport to reach Guru Nanak Darbar.

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    FAQs


    1. What is the best time of the day to visit Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai?
    The shrine at Guru Nanak Darbar in Dubai is open from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM. You can visit the complex to worship the shrine during these hours. For administrative purposes, you may visit the complex anytime between 9 AM and 9 PM every day.

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    2. What is unique about Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai?
    Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai is the largest gurudwara in the Gulf region and the first ISO certified gurudwara in the world. It holds a Guinness World Record for hosting a breakfast to 600 people from 101 different countries in Jebel Ali Garden. The premise is spread over an area of a whopping 100,000 square feet. Besides, the Guru Nanak Darbar promotes inclusivity by welcoming visitors across all communities.

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    3. How long does it take to go around Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai?
    Exploring the Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai takes about an hour, depending on the time of your visit. When you enter the gurudwara complex, you will head to the 54 meter long pathway surrounding the main complex. This pathway is also called the Parikrama, which has to be covered on foot while praying. Besides, the three-storey complex with intricate carving is worth visiting. Your visit time will also extend if you participate in langar.

    4. Does this place provide a headscarf for those who are visiting?
    Yes. The members of the community provide a headscarf or a cloth to cover the head in the premises of gurudwara.

    5. Which is the nearest metro station to Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai?
    Ibn Battuta Metro Station is the nearest Metro station to Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai. Located at a distance of 2.9 km. You can get off at the metro station and hire a taxi, which will cost you close to INR 400, to reach Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai.

    6. Can a non sikh person visit Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai?
    Yes. Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai welcomes all visitors irrespective of their caste, class, gender, nationality, and ethnicity. Moreover, you can also have a langar prepared and served by members of the community in the main dining area of the gurudwara. Relish the hot-cooked meal with Sikh and non-Sikh visitors and share a few light moments with them as the kirtans fill the air with spirituality.

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    7. What should I wear to Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai?
    Men and women visiting the gurudwara must avoid revealing dresses at all costs. On your visit to the Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai, avoid wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless and dresses above knee length. As a religious practice, you must also cover your head all the time with a handkerchief, headscarf or a piece of cloth. You must also remove your footwear outside the complex before entering the Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai. Besides, the temple warmly welcomes visitors from all the communities without any discrimination.

    8. Is locker facility available at Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai?
    There are no lockers available at the gurudwara, so it is advisable to visit the religious places without many belongings; however, you can use the convenience rooms located in the main complex. You need to remove your footwear outside the complex before entering the premises of the Guru Nanak Darbar Dubai. Before entering the gurudwara, you can deposit your footwear at the shoe storage area in the complex.

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Guru Nanak Darbar

An uncommon bit of architecture with a blend of present day and customary building style Guru Nanak Darbar is an absolute visit for you in Dubai. It envelopes a warm grasp, regardless of standing or ideology, bringing peace, solace for everyone It is both a festival of life, and a landmark to the grandness of the One Who made it, a hallowed place of glory with a feeling of plain peace.  

Standing separated from the congregation complex, the beige hued Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar Sahib has three levels of underground auto parks, and two stories over the ground. Every storm cellar is measured 25,000 square feet that can contain parking spot for up to 140 autos. As you venture through the holy porch, its heavenly excellence gets the attention and catches the faculties.

Highlights: There are three stories The 21,000 square feet ground floor houses the feasting lobby, Kitchen, Pantry and store rooms. The front counter and Gurdwara office are additionally on the ground floor. Appropriate shoe stockpiling or Jora Ghar offices are accessible in a few zones since shoes are not permitted to be worn in the Gurudwara. There is a headscarf stand for both men and ladies must cover their heads inside the Gurudwara. Feel the magical bliss while you visit this Darbar.

Location: The Guru Nanak Darbar is located at Al Muntazah Complex 212 Rd | Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Timings: It is opened daily from 4:30 AM to 9 :30 PM

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