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