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What is “Zayed House for Islamic Culture”?

Zayed House for Islamic Culture (ZHIC) was founded on 31/05/2005 as per the law issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE (May God save him). ZHIC is an independent government institution concerned with introducing Islamic culture to the interested persons, educating and qualifying new Muslims and providing them with social and familial welfare. Besides raising the awareness of the surrounding community about the said category and teaching Arabic to speakers of other languages.


Where does ZHIC locate?

  • Head Office – Al Ain City, Shiab Al Al Ashkhar, next to Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
  • Ajman Branch – Al Jarf Area, behind Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
  • Abu Dhabi Branch – Old Air Port Rd, Al Bateen Air Port Area, opposite to Air Port Rd Carrefour.

What are ZHIC official working hours?

Regular official working hours at ZHIC are from 07:30 am to 02:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday.

What type of services provided at ZHIC?

1-      Introducing Islamic Culture:

  1. Introduction to Islam Session Request.
  2. Registration for Islamic Culture Courses.
  3. Registration for Holy Qur’an Courses.
  4. Islamic Culture Publications Request.

2-      Teaching Arabic Language to Speakers of other Languages:

  1. Registration for Arabic to Speakers of other Languages Courses.

3-      Providing Social Welfare:

  1. Sending to Hajj/Umrah request.
  2. Social Counselling Request.
  3. Social Assistance Request.
  4. Registration in activities and events.
  5. Events and Courses Transport Request.

What are the stages that those interested in declaring faith in Islam should go through?

First: informative session;

Second: taking Shahada;

Third: a letter directed to the judicial court when wishing to declare faith in Islam (optional).

Fourth: registration for courses (optional) – for clarification, refer to question No. 5.  

Does ZHIC issue certificate of declaration of faith (Islam)?

No; but it issues a letter directed to the Judicial Department or the Ministry of Justice which are the entities concerned with the issuing of attested and endorsed certificate of such type in the UAE. 

What are the languages used in educational programs, qualifying courses and informative sessions?

ZHIC runs programs in the following (14) international languages:

  1. Arabic
  2. English
  3. Tagalog
  4. Mandarin
  5. Russian
  6. Ethiopian
  7. Amharic
  8. Oromo
  9. French
  10. Hindi
  11. Sinhalese
  12. Bengali
  13. Urdu
  14. Tamil


What are the educational courses provided at ZHIC?

  • Islamic culture courses in numerous languages:

The aim is to develop spiritual, moral, social values, enhance tolerance, compassion and coexistence between different cultures. They are taught in (5) levels totaling (70) teaching hours.

  • Courses of Arabic to speakers of other languages:

Taught in (4) levels to total (64) teaching hours.

  • Courses on Qur’an (short Surahs): three tracks of (128) teaching hours in total:
  1. Coral reading and memorization
  2. Reading and memorization
  3. Understanding the meanings of the Qur’an.

What are the timings and days of study?

Study timings:

  • 09: 00 am to 11: 00 am
  • 12: 00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm.

       Study days:

  • Su through Thu
  • Courses on Islamic culture and general lectures are delivered during official working hours and on Friday and Saturday mornings if so required.


  • Morning classes run all year round;
  • Evening classes run when at least 5 students are registered;
  • Evening classes are all year round except for Ramadan.

15/ What regular time teachers are available at their offices?

  • From 07:30 am to 09:00 am
  • From 11: 00 am to 12: 00 pm.

What regular time teachers are available at their offices?

  • From 07:30 am to 09:00 am
  • From 11: 00 am to 12: 00 pm