The Minyan on the Palm (MOTP) is an Orthodox congregation based on the iconic Palm Jumeirah in the Emirate of Dubai.

We invite you to join our residential community for Shabbat services and have a transformative and unique Shabbat experience in Dubai.

Be part of the extraordinary building our Jewish community by donating to MOTP.

Tax deductible donations can be made via Ne’eman Foundation.

המניין בפאלם (MOTP) הינו מניין אורתודוכסי של הקהילה היהודית הממוקמת באי הדקל ג’ומיירה, המניין בפאלם מזמין אתכם להתארח בשבתות וחגים בתפילה וארוחות במלון סנט רג’יס בפאלם – St Regis hotel (palm) במיקום ואווירה מיוחדת. הנכם מוזמנים להירשם להזמנת חבילת מזון בהשגחת OU  

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About the Services

Our Minyan is known for its warmth, participation of the kehillah in the service and Torah learning. We have several venue options all based at St Regis Hotel (Palm) and can host large delegations, intimate family celebrations or our regular shabbat minyan. There is  a separate space for young children who are supervised by community members, qualified teachers or Schlichim.  

Shabbat Times

Times for our Shabbat services during the spring season are as follows:

  • 6.15 pm   – Mincha
  • 6.30 pm   – Kabbalat Shabbat
  • 7.15 pm   – Dinner  
  • 10.00 am – Shacharit 
  • 12.00 pm – Kiddush 
  • 1.30 pm – Mincha

 Shabbat and Festival Meals

Our catering includes a three-course seated dinner catered by Kosher Arabia. 

Please book by selecting the number of adults (over 12 years old) attending and selecting your payment option below. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 are half price.


All MOTP members and students are entitled to discounts using their MOTP Blue membership card. There is no charge for children under the age of 8. A light communal kiddush is served on Shabbat and includes Hamotzi. Drinks can be ordered in advance from the hotel or enjoyed at the open bar after the service. Regrettably, members and visitors are not allowed to bring their own alcohol.

Please note that the cost of Shabbat packages is subsidized and covers hotel rental, chazanut, catering and other costs. Every effort is made to ensure affordability for our members. Your understanding is appreciated.


Visiting Rabbis and Speakers

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat

We place a focus on learning Torah and learning about the Jewish world and the UAE. Visiting speakers and Rabbis have included Asher Ostrin (previous director of the JDC’s Soviet Union operation), Rabbi Ginsberg (Founder of Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah), Rabbi David Rosen (Former Chief Rabbi of Ireland), Rabbi Adam Mintz (Founder of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim), Rabbi Stav (co-founder and chairman of Tzoar), Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (Rabbi, author and TV personality), Rabbi Asher Lopatin (founder of Kehillat Etz Chayim of Detroit), Rabbi Daniel Korobkin (previous President, Rabbinical Council of America), Jonathan Medved (CEO of OurCrowd) Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt (Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism) and Ahmed al Mansoori (Creator of the region’s first holocaust exhibition).



Ross Kriel

Our minyan was founded by long-standing community members who had the goal of serving the resident community of Dubai and continuing the ethos of the original Dubai community that was established in 2010. Currently serving as convener of MOTP is Ross Kriel, an Oxford-educated lawyer originally from Johannesburg. Ross has worked in the UAE since 2008 and has lived in Dubai since 2013 with his wife and children. He is also a committed and observant Jew and has actively built the Jewish community in Dubai since 2013.  




Nico Managazze, Yossi Chajes, David Louk

MOTP enjoys chazzanut! Services are lead by a team which includes David Louk (son of Rabbi Chazzan Haim Louk), Elroy Stav (son of Rabbi David Stav), Edan Tamler (formerly Chief Cantor of Denmark and Israel’s X Factor – First Season) and Prof Yossi Chajes (studied and performed with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for many years). We are also honoured to have Nico Managazze in our community. Nico is a gifted violinist and conductor who very often plays before Kabbalat Shabbat. 

 Community Members

Our Minyan is a wonderfully diverse and heimish group of Jews. We speak Hebrew, English, Arabic, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian and reflect multiple different Jewish traditions and backgrounds. We celebrate and continue the ethos of the original Dubai “Villa” which was a place of welcome and inclusivity going back to 2010.  We are long-time friends who respect and care for each other and are slowly building a new Jewish identity through our life in the city of Dubai. 



We have negotiated discounted accommodation for guests who have booked and paid for a Shabbat Package with MOTP.  The e-mail address of the reservations team is: Please provide your Paypal payment confirmation to the St Regis team who will confirm the discount.


About the Palm Jumeirah Location

The Minyan on the Palm is based on the Palm Jumeirah of Dubai at the St Regis Hotel. There are several hotels which are walkable to our Minyan including Dukes, Andaz, Fairmont, Adagio Palm and the Hilton Hotel. The Marriot will open this year and will provide additional accommodation options. For residents living in the Golden Mile or Shoreline, Palma Residence, the lower fronds or most Cove Residents the Minyan on the Palm is also walkable. Atlantis Hotel and Media City are not walkable (that is, more than 60 minutes). Kosher options on the Palm including Elli’s Café (dairy under the OU at Golden Mile 4) and Kosher Arabia @ Costa (located at Shoreline 2 and Mall of the Emirates). During the week, the daily minyan at Address Marina is a ten-minute drive from the Palm.

For information on the venue please contact us directly (using the numbers shown below) or email 

Location (Further Afield)

Abu Dhabi is approximately sixty minutes to the South and the Dubai down-town area is twenty minutes to the North (driving). Hence, the Palm is a suitable base for visitors that would like to have relatively easy access to Abu Dhabi but still prefer to be based in Dubai.



The Minyan on the Palm is generously supported by the following families and donors:

  • Several of our founding families have made generous contributions and wish to remain anonymous.
  • CCL Consulting (in loving memory of Yitzchak Yaakov ben Eliyahu).
  • The Telerman family (in loving memory of Elka bat Esther). 
  • All Koren siddurim and Chumashim are donated by Serge and Nina Muller (in loving memory of Rabbi J Gershon Neumann and Rebbetzin Esther N Neumann). We wish to thank Koren Publishers for all their support in building our Jewish library. 
  • Judith and David Lobel, New York, U.S.A

Additional sponsorship is requested and includes the following options: 

  • Shabbat lunch (AED 1500) (USD 408) 
  • Friday night sponsor (AED 2500) (USD 680) 
  • Saturday sponsor (AED 2500) (USD 680) 

The Minyan on the Palm reflects a significant advance for our Jewish community and donors are warmly invited to support this important Jewish institution in the City. Donations of any of the above amounts can be made using the donate button below. 


For information about Kosher in Dubai (including at Costa outlets) please contact

For visitors and residents living on the Palm we are happy to announce the opening of Elli’s Café which offers a dairy menu under OU (including pizza in a wood oven) See the map above which shows the locations. For more information on Kosher restaurants and catering, please contact us at any of the numbers shown below. 


We would be delighted to share a Shabbat with you or a beer after at the hotel bar.

Please contact any of the following for more information about our services or for any other service in town: 

 Ross Kriel:

+971 56 226 2117

Dror Maoz:

+972 54-345 3546 (וואטסאפ בעברית)

Olga Fler:

+971 58 632 1022

Be part of the extraordinary story of building our Jewish community by donating or sharing with others who who may wish to attend our services. By clicking on the donate. button below you will be redirected to a PayPal page where you can donate safely. 

Donations to Minyan on the Palm (MOTP) can now be made through Ne’eman Foundation, USA which is registered with the IRS as 501(c)(3) corporation. 

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