Your visit to the capital city of the United Arab Emirates is incomplete without paying a visit to the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque. I recently visited Abu Dhabi and one of the first places I wanted to go was the Sheikh Zayed mosque.
I must say that Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is simply the best place you will see in Abu Dhabi. The grand mosque is a beautiful, huge, and wonderful example of modern Islamic architecture.
In this article today, I wanted to present some interesting facts about Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Fascinating Facts About Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
1. Among the Largest Mosques
The largest mosque of UAE, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is also one of the largest mosques in the world. The building complex of the mosque covers an area of more than 12 hectares and measures around 290 meters (960 Ft) by 420 meters (1,380 Ft).
2. More Than 40,000 Worshippers
Around 41,000 worshippers can worship at the same time at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The main prayer hall can accommodate approximately 10,000 people.
3. Material Sourced from Many Countries
Different building materials were sourced from many countries like Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria, New Zealand China, India, and Pakistan.
4. Combination of Different Architectural Styles
The beautiful design of Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque minarets combines Mamluk, Ottoman, and Fatimid architectural styles.
5. The largest Hand-knotted Carpet
The beautiful carpet in the main prayer hall is the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet. It took around 8 months to design, 12 months to knot, and 2 months to transport, trim, and weave the pieces together. Approximately 1,200 workers from Khorasan province at the Iran Carpet Company turned this 5,700 square meters carpet into reality under directions of Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi.
6. Beautiful Crystal Chandeliers
Sheikh Zayed Mosque houses seven crystal chandeliers made by Faustig, a Germany-based firm specializing in crystal chandeliers. The chandelier present in the main prayer hall weighs around 12 tons and is one of the largest chandeliers used in a mosque. All chandeliers are made from gilded stainless steel and brass using approximately 40kg of 24 karats galvanized gold.
7. More Than 80 Domes
There are 82 domes of various sizes at this mosque. The largest dome is located in the center of the main prayer hall. The outer shell of the largest dome is 32.8 m (106 ft) in diameter and 85 m (279 ft) high. The inner side of these domes features traditional Moroccan artwork.
8. Unique Lighting System
Sheikh Zayed Mosque features a unique lighting system designed to reflect the phases of the moon. There are 22 light towers which project soft clouds of a ‘bluish gray’ color on the exterior of the mosque. This light changes according to the moon phase every night.
9. Inspirations Behind the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque was designed by Syrian architect Yousef Abdelky and its design has been inspired by Persian and Mughal architectural styles. The building is also influenced by the Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque in Alexandria, Egypt.
10. The Construction Took 11 Years
The construction of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque began in 1996. It took more than 3,000 workers and 38 contracting companies to construct the mosque. It was opened for worship in 2007.
11. Named After UAE’s Founding Father
Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque was named after the founding father and the first president of United Arab Emirates — late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His final resting place is located beside the mosque.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Facts: Summing Up
The dream project of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque celebrates peace and diversity in one of the most beautiful ways possible. If you are planning a visit to the United Arab Emirates, make sure to include this beautiful example of modern Islamic architecture in your list.
If you are planning a trip to Dubai and would like to visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, you can book an Abu Dhabi sightseeing tour from Dubai. This full-day tour includes Abu Dhabi landmarks like the Grand Mosque, Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi Corniche, and heritage village.
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