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Abu Dhabi Architectural Treasure Trove – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
February 25th, 2015

Whenever you ask about Architectural excellence of Abu Dhabi, every time Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque plays a vital role in the priority list as it is one of the most important Architectural landmarks of prevailing UAE capital. The Glorious Sheikh Zayed Mosque with its majesty, treasured to be the key worship in the region. The founding father of United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan took the initiative of this Wondrous Architectural Miracle. Actually Establishment of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the dreams conceived at the bottom heart of the late president. The extreme visionary leader strongly believed that “Nothing is impossible” and led to the foremost graceful achievement which became a livable truth. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi stands to collaborate the unity of cultural diversity of Islamic world. That is how the stunning white mosque has structured. Obviously this treasure trove which is like the soul of Abu Dhabi will bring you spiritual enlightenment. Enormous eye-pleasing sights of this remarkable mosque represents a fine balance of Architectural beauty and Sacredness.

How Sheik Zayed mosque was built?

When mentioning about Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque further with its details and conception, we can’t forget the fact, that Abu Dhabi holds the largest Mosque in the United Arab Emirates and one of the largest mosque in the world. The location is in the heart of the new Abu Dhabi between Musaffah and Maqta Bridges. Substantial influence on the Architecture and Design of the Mosque makes more incredible as it was built 11 and 9.5 meters above the sea and street levels consecutively. So that makes clear visibility to all the directions from there for perfect sightseeing of panoramic views and the significance of the sacred place. Even though the very first considerations to build the Mosque began in the late 1980’s, Constructions were held from 1996 to 2007. Approximately 38 contracting companies and about 3,500 workers contributed during the construction over 12 years. In a precious day on December, the Islamic month of Ramadan in 2007, the mosque was initially opened to the public and prayers. The first prayer was held in the presence of his highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. However while praising the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque we should dedicate all the merits and credits of this grand Miracle to UEA founding father, whose body is also buried there.

What are the astonishing facts about the mosque?

Enormous stunning White Mosque, which is the largest Mosque in UAE is quiet impressive from its’ outside and exterior appearance. Can you imagine! The building complex area is 22,412m2 with coverage of 30 acres. Considerably huge and it has recognized as one of the largest Mosques among the world including exclusive Landscape and Vehicular parking. In the structure 33,000 tons of steel and 25,000 m2 of concrete were used to lay 6,500 foundation piles. Particularity of 82 Domes including world largest Mosque Dome and 1,048 Columns in the Courtyards is identical to the astonishing Mosque. At one time capacity of 41,000 worshipers easily can accommodate in the premises and 7,126 worshipers to the main prayer hall. Apart from that it has facilitated with two small halls with Female praying hall.

How is Designs and Architecture of Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque?

This remarkable Mosque represents a fine balance of Architectural and Design identity. One can certainly tell that lot of time, efforts and money were spent on it, though it is true, this adorable landmark has ended up with unbelievable spectacularly decorated interior features, unique designs and special verses from the Holly Quran. This has added a priceless value to the Mosque. In addition, the designers have also used Mosaic to cover the entire Courtyard and it is appreciated among the largest open spaces in Mosques worldwide.

With the Architectural inspiration by Arabian, Persian, Mughal and Moorish Mosques, collaborated  with the artistic hands of  Artisans and natural resource from  Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates played a leading role in materialization of the  decorations and designs of the Mosque. The great efforts of using long lasting design materials such as Marble stone, Gold, Semi-precious stones, Crystals and Ceramics, made an adorable miracle. So that’s why we should not miss to visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque even at once in our life time.

What are the unique Architectural Elements?

Here is a gist of special elements within Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Grand Mosque for your awareness.

The Carpet in the main praying hall is the largest Carpet made by Iran’s Carpet Company. This Hand knotted carpet was knotted by 1,300 Iranian craftsmen using 35 tons of Wool and 12 tons of Cotton. Completed carpet is 5.625 m2 large and estimated value is around 30 million. Late first president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s favorite Green colour has used as the dominant tone in the carpet including other 25 natural colours. The horizontal lines which are slightly raised over the primary carpet height are used for the worshipper’s alignment. The effect and great knotting technique made lines invisible for distance viewers except the worshippers. Therefore this Carpet symbolizes greatness with its enhancing beauty.

The wonder of Architectural miracle Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque comprises with 82 Domes with seven different sizes. The Main dome among the 82 Domes considered as the largest Mosque dome in the world. Outer height of the main dome is 85 m and its diameter is 32.2 m.

Miraculous Architecture treasure Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque contains seven chandeliers.

The largest chandelier with 15 m height and 10 m diameter, has founded as the second largest discovered chandelier inside a Mosque. At the same time it is the third largest chandeliers in the world as well.

Public visit and Worship

The Mosque is open for prayers and worshippers in almost all the day. The visiting time for non-Muslim visitors is normally allows from 9.00 am in the morning to 10 pm night except Fridays. Before you go get to know the Sheikh Zayed mosque timings is important for better visit. Proper dresses are a must and it is an essential thing to keep in your mind while getting ready to visit there. Nothing to worry that is why My Abu Dhabi Holidays always there for you to make you aware. My Abu Dhabi Holidays organize Guided tours for you as your wish

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