The Dawoodi Bohras of the Middle East

The Dawoodi Bohras are a Muslim community with a blend of ethnic cultures from Egypt, Yemen and India. Spread over 40 countries across the world, Bohras today are united by their faith and centuries-old principles. Renowned for being well-educated thriving business people and qualified professionals in a wide range of fields, Dawoodi Bohras strive to play productive roles in society.

The Dawoodi Bohras are guided by their leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, known in the Middle Eastern region as Sultan al Bohra. He counsels the community to be exemplary citizens of the country in which they live by wholeheartedly participating in projects and activities that contribute to the development of the nation and benefit its citizens.

Although the Dawoodi Bohras trace their heritage to Yemen and Egypt, they migrated to other Middle Eastern countries from as early as the 1860s including the U.A.E, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. The spirit of tolerance, lucrative economic opportunities and favourable conditions engendered by leaders in the Middle East for the community have attracted thousands to these lands, with over 60,000 members residing in this region today.

Bohras work in collaboration with local governments and various organizations to establish masjids, community centres, schools and educational institutes, hospitals and health centres, housing societies and many other socio-economic development institutions for the betterment of humanity.

MSB Private School Dubai wins coding award in FIRST Lego League in USA

‘Creative Engineers’ student team from MSB private school Dubai, won in 'Explore category' in the global Lego League...

Read more
Giving Back to Society

This article was reported in Gulf Daily News on April 24, 2023 Every year, the Dawoodi Bohra community...

Read more
An Iftar with a Social Cause

This story was published in the Oman Observer on April 11, 2023 A typical gathering for iftar is...

Read more
Bahrain Government Ready To Support Expansion Of Online Businesses

This story was reported in News of Bahrain on April 4, 2023. Bahrain intends to lower the hurdles...

Read more
Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Supports Abu Dhabi Mangrove Initiative by Contributing Over 10,000 Mangrove Saplings

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin supports Abu Dhabi Mangrove Initiative by contributing over 10,000 Mangrove saplings....

Read more
Thousands Gather to Welcome Sultan al Bohra Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin in Abu Dhabi

This story was reported by Khaleej Times on 4th December 2022 The Bohra Islamic Cultural Complex at Mohammed...

Read more
The Dawoodi Bohras of Dubai were Honoured with an Environmental Impact Award by the MEWAR Awards 2022

At MEWAR Awards 2022, the Dawoodi Bohra community in Dubai was conferred with a ‘Special Category Award’ for...

Read more
Seminar in MSB School Dubai on World Food Day

Mr Sajiv Raghavan leads discussions on Zero Food Waste on World Food Day...

Read more

Our Communities

The Prophet Mohammed has taught Muslims that love for one’s country is an integral part of faith. With a focus on hard work and education, many Dawoodi Bohras run successful businesses: creating jobs, generating wealth, and contributing to the development of our nation.  With an emphasis on higher education for both men and women, the community includes many doctors, IT professionals, teachers, academics, public servants and business owners spread over most of the Middle East. Dawoodi Bohras are proud of the contributions they make to British society and to the diverse fabric that underpins the nation’s rich values.

You are invited to contact us for more information on the Dawoodi Bohra communities of the Middle East and to arrange a visit to see our masjids.


Our Favorite Stories

Artist Zainab Abbas

Bahrain’s Zainab Abbas shares her life's journey as an artist and what inspires her to...

Dr Nafeesa Kothawala – A Mother, Doctor and Conservationist

Dr Nafeesa Kothawala also known as Dr Frugal, is an anesthesiologist by profession and a...


Nooruddin Khetiwala – Chairman, Dolphin Group

Nooruddin Khetiwala, like many of his generation, was an ambitious man of the 1970s. His...

Zainab Patanwala – Ajman Driving Instructor

Zainab Patanwala is an Ajman-based driving instructor working for Al Noor Driving Institute. She started...

Khansaheb Abdulhusein and Brothers – An Enduring Legacy

Hafiz Khanbhoy hailed from a town called Kapadwanj in Gujarat where he along with his...

Nisrin Kothambawala, Bahrain

Nisrin Kothambawala has always been fascinated by gardens. As a child she would wander into...

Batool Dadabhai, Bahrain

It would have been easy to write off Batool Dadabhai’s story as that of a...

Dr Fatema Kutiyanawala, Sharjah

Dr Fatema Kutiyanawala’s story, like that of all doctors, is one of hard work and...

Follow us on Twitter

Unable to load Tweets

Follow us on Twitter

Unable to load Tweets