Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the remarkable landmarks and a must do in the capital city of Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The mosque was inaugurated to establish a structure that would unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic world. The mosque features domes, columns, chandeliers and a carpet.
The mosque has many and unique elements –
1. Chandeliers – Imported from Germany and has millions of Swarovski crystals.
2. Carpet – It is World’s largest carpet. The carpet is predominantly made of wool and it took approximately two years to complete.
3. Columns – The mosque has over 1,000 columns out of which 96 are in the main prayer hall. They are all made of marble and some of them exhibit amazing craftsmanship.
4. Pools – The mosque is surrounded by pools that reflects the mosque’s columns.
I was amazed by the beautiful architecture and art that the mosque depicts. It is one of the beautiful places of worship that I have visited.
The mosque requires appropriate dressing.
Women have to cover head, wrists and ankles with loose fitting clothes. ‘Abaya’ can be hired at the mosque free of charge.
Men cannot wear any shorts or tank tops.
Information regarding the visiting hours can be found at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center website.