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.
Details of the mosque
The mosque has many and unique elements –
- Chandeliers – Imported from Germany and has millions of Swarovski crystals.
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Carpet – It is World’s largest carpet. The carpet is predominantly made of wool and it took approximately two years to complete.
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.
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.