Announced as the first Ismaili Centre to be built in the Middle East, the Ismaili Centre, Dubai would be be comparable in scope and standing to existing major Centres in London, Vancouver and Lisbon.
The Foundation Ceremony took place on 13 December 2003 in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Deputy Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and President of the Department of Civil Aviation, who represented Sheikh Mohammaed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. Designed by Egyptian architect Rami El Dahan, the Centre would be built on 13 200 square metres of land, gifted by the Crown Prince.
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