The new landmark, funded by the Al Maktoum Foundation at the expense of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, has been 11 years in the making, but now rests as a bridge between the Muslim community and the rest of the city.
Essalam Masjid comprises a prayer hall for 1,500 people and various multifunctional spaces for administration, education, cultural events and social activities. The Essalam Masjid is situated overlooking the Varkenoordse Park on the Kop van Zuid, more or less on the Laan op Zuid axis. The southwest side of the building is adjacent to the multicultural neighbourhood of Feijenoord.
The building is composed of three stacked, interlocking spaces: the prominent entrance portal on the west side, the main space in the middle and the semicircular mihrab (a niche which indicates the direction of Mecca) on the southeast side. The three spaces are crowned with domes. Because the site available was 800 m² and the programme of requirements amounted to 2,600 m², it was decided to organise the building vertically.
Source: Beautiful Mosque