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Ali Ibn Abi Talib Mosque
Iranians first began to populate Dubai in the 1920s, when H.H. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum invited several Persian families to settle in Bur Dubai. The influence of this community on this old part of Dubai is quite striking, especially with the presence of the beautiful Ali Ibn Abi Taleb Mosque, commonly known as the Iranian Mosque. Adorned with intricate turquoise designs inspired by traditional Fatimid and Persian architecture, the Mosque stands in stark contrast with other edifices in the city. Unfortunately, only visitors of Islamic faith are permitted inside; however, make sure to continue your tour of Bur Dubai’s Persian-inspired architecture with a walk to the nearby visually-stimulating Iranian Hospital and Textile Souq.