Dubai introduces ‘precious’ portable mosque

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Staff Report
Dubai – Dubai has introduced a novel concept of a ‘precious little’ portable mosque on Thursday night by the Amber Palm group.
The mosque is 75 per cent made of ancient gemstone amber and costs up to $1 million and can be constructed in about 4 to 5 hours.
The first display model can have only two people pray at a time, however, the group aims to customise the mosque depending on the requirement of the buyer.
The Amber stone Mosque is the world’s first ever portable and its first installation was launched at the exhibition event at the Burj Al Arab hotel on Thursday evening. The selected gathering included members of the royal family, ambassadors, heads of government departments and CEOs of major companies.
People believe that amber is used only in jewellery, so this is the way of innovating and also educating people about the unique characteristics and healing power of this rare stone, said Andrew Sunko, Amber Palm operations manager.
The mosque was designed using geometric Mashrabiya patterns as well as traditional Arabic influences. The lighting has been specifically designed to make the best use of the translucent quality of the amber pieces. Each piece of amber is backlit to show the beauty of the stone and giving a warm, rich luxurious feel.
The launch also saw an exhibition of rich paintings and portraits of the UAE leaders made from crushed amber stones.
The rare stone amber has been shrouded in mystery and intrigue for centuries. From the pharaohs to philosophers to archaeologists, the majestic gemstone seems to captivate people worldwide.
The interest in amber dates back to BC 4,500 and beyond, ultimately growing roots in today’s Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, India and Ethiopia. Modern day amber comes to us from the Adriatic, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea coasts. Significantly, its English name is derived from the Arabic word Anbar and has been used as ‘Black Gold’ prayer rosaries by Muslims all over the world.
Amber’s rich look and feel of its natural shades are known to combine the energy of the moon and the sun to miraculously heal body and soul. The “Emotions” collection, in particular, is believed to bequeath the Divine’s blessings on our plans. Amber is also known to heighten creativity and purify the heart by transforming negative into positive energy.