Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque UAE

on January 05, 2014

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque constitutes as one of the most prominent and beautiful architectural monuments in the world and certainly one of the more opulent religious buildings I have ever visited. Standing very distinctive on the Abu Dhabi skyline, this magnificent building is named after the UAE's first President and visionary leader, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who passed away in November 2004 and is buried at the site. He was known for his patience, insightfulness and optimism but it is generally accepted that the central trait of his personality was his great wisdom. 

This architectural work of art is one of the largest mosques in the world and has a capacity for just over 40,000 worshipers. The exterior pure white marble exterior is impressive enough with all of it's 82 domes and 1000 columns that support the long walls surrounding the main courtyard. Beautifully manicured gardens and several reflective pools surround the building amplifying it's beauty and at night the white and gold colours are transformed by a unique lighting system that reflects the phases of the moon.

Inside you will see seven 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers with the largest chandelier in the world dominating the main prayer hall and it spans 10 meters in diameter and 15 meters high and weighs over 12 tons ! It also boasts the largest hand knotted carpet in the world made of wool and cotton that spans 5700 sq meters. 

The mosque is open to the public daily and information can be obtained on the mosques website ( http://www.szgmc.ae ), as to opening hours however it must be noted that it is a religious building and in a muslim country and therefor as with any other religious building there is a respectful dress code to be observed.

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