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Dubai to open first Hindu temple

The first independent Hindu temple in Dubai will open in October to serve the 1.4 million Hindus residing in the United Arab Emirates.
Hindu worshippers visit the Dubai Hindu Temple on April 29, 2021.

Nearly 64 years after the construction of the first Hindu temple, the small Dubai Hindu Temple complex — which houses the Shiva and Krishna Mandir, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna, in the Bur Dubai heritage area — the Hindu community in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will soon have its first large, independent and traditional temple within the Churches Complex in Jebel Ali Village in southern Dubai. The area includes a number of churches for Copts, Syriacs and Evangelists, in addition to the Guru Nanak Darbar Temple for Sikhs, which was built in 2012.

The Sindhi Guru Darbar Temple will be the second Hindu temple in the UAE but also the first independent temple to be officially inaugurated on Oct. 5 this year in the presence of religious and official figures. The date was chosen because it coincides with the Hindu festival Dussehra, which commemorates the victory of Rama (a Hindu deity) over the 10-headed demon, King Ravana, who kidnapped Rama's wife, Sita.

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