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Thousands are expected to attend the opening of a new Islamic centre and mosque in the Croatian city of Rijeka on May 5 in the presence of a minister from Qatar, the main donor.
Zagreb Mufti Aziz Hasanovic said that between 50,000 and 60,000 guests and believers from all over Europe are expected to attend the opening of the new mosque and centre in Rijeka.
Qatar's Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Bin Mubarek Al Kuwari, is to open the centre, representing the Emir, the main donor.
"The opening of the Islamic centre will put Rijeka at the very heart of multiculturalism. Not only Rijeka, but the whole of Croatia will benefit from it," Asanovic said.
The cornerstone of the centre was laid on October 3, 2009. The complex consists of a mosque, a multipurpose hall, teaching room, kindergarden, library and other offices. The estimated cost was about 10 million euro.
The late Dusan Dzamonja, a Croatian sculptor of Serbian origin, authored the architectural concept of the centre.
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