The Ismaili Centre, Dubai

The Ismaili Centre Dubai. Photo: Gary Otte
The Ismaili Centre Dubai. Photo: Gary Otte

The Ismaili Centre, Dubai is a complex of creative spaces for contemplative, cultural, educational and recreational purposes, designed to encourage understanding and the sharing of wisdom from many perspectives. Built on land that was gifted by the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Centre was opened on 26 March 2008 as part of the commemoration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee.

Regional and cosmopolitan in its conception, the Ismaili Centre, Dubai draws on spiritual and intellectual roots that give it contemporary resonance. Its courtyards, gardens and watercourses, set amidst interlinking interiors, propose a harmony of tradition and timelessness.


Ismaili Centre, Dubai hosts dialogue on social entrepreneurship

Government, diplomatic, corporate, and civil society leaders came together at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai in November to discuss the role that social entrepreneurship is playing in the Middle East. Photo: Digitally Studios

The search for sustainable approaches to alleviating pressing societal challenges requires pioneering innovation, strategy and collaboration. What differentiates social entrepreneurs is their penchant for enabling this across sectors.

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RAYS OF LIGHT radiates at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai

The circular RAYS OF LIGHT structure, set up in the Social Hall of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the UAE

Visitors from the Middle East, North Africa and nearby countries had a chance to take in RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat earlier this year at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. The exhibition was an opportunity for Ismailis and the wider public to explore Mawlana Hazar Imam’s extraordinary work across the globe.

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Musical conversation across cultures enthrals audience at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai

Remix 2011 artists bring magic to a musical evening at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. Photo: Prime Vision Studios

Twelve inspiring and talented artists from across the Middle East and Central Asia performed a beautiful and thought-provoking concert at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai recently. It was an important occasion for both the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Music Initiative, intent on bridging gulfs that have existed for the past hundred years.

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Three years on, the Ismaili Centre, Dubai can look back with pride

Entrance into the Ismaili Centre, Dubai — a plurality of perspectives. Photo: Gary Otte

Three years after the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai, it has emerged as a multidisciplinary hub of culture, faith, education, and community identity. Exemplifying the core values of Ismaili Muslims, the Centre offers a platform for dialogue, unity and progress within the Jamat and the wider community.

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Gallery: Opening of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai

Gallery: Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai

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