Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque will be one of the largest Mosques in the world; able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshipers. We were there, along with hundreds of non-Muslim Westerners to see the grandeur and experience what the buzz is all about.
13 FACTS ABOUT THE ABU DHABI GRAND MOSQUE
1. The structure covers an area of more than 22,000 square metres and some 210,000 cubic metres of concrete and 33,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement was used in its construction.
2. The beautiful Mosque is completely clad in marble and also features intricate Islamic decoration and carvings as well as extensive landscaping works. The mosque design has different artistic style taken from all over the world. The outside marble is from Greece, interior marbles are from China, Italy and Morocco.
3. The mosque consists of forty-five small domes in addition to nine large ones. It boasts of having many features like stained glass panels, sand-colored walls and wooden shutters.
4. The Moroccan dome is not the largest in the world but definitely one of the most beautiful.
5. The largest dome holding a world record, is 32.8 in diameter, 85 m from ground to top, from ground to the middle, is 70 m. The dome is made in site and made by Moroccan designers.
Intricate work of the ceiling:
6. The mosque’s stonework is by Henraux of Querceta, Italy who made headlines in the international stone industry for his work in two enormous stone mosque projects in Mecca and Madina, Saudi Arabia.
7. The huge crystal chandelier in the main prayer hall, one of seven German-made chandeliers that costs more than eight million dollars. It is 10-metre (32.8 feet) tall, 10-metre wide and weighs nine tonnes. It is made up of millions of Swarovski crystals and 24K plated gold.
8. The wall design is taken from Sheikh Zayed’s love for the environment.
9. The 96 columns inside and 1,048 outside is decorated with thousands of rare and semi-precious stones like mother of pearl, agate, jasper and amethyst.
10. The centrepiece is a 6,000 square metre (64,583 square feet) hand-made Persian carpet, said to be the biggest in the world. More than 1,200 women from the Khorasan region in eastern Iran spent two years weaving the carpet, which weighs 45 tonnes and cost more than 8.5 million dollars.
11. The whole carpet area in the main prayer hall can accommodate up to 5,000 worshipers.
12. The Abu Dhabi Grand mosque, named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan,the UAE’s first president was also ruler of the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi. When fully completed, it will be the third largest mosque in the world.
13. But unlike other mosques all over the world, what makes this mosque unique is that it is not off-limits to non-Muslims. In fact they are open to anyone wanting to know more about Islam, or simply want to see what’s inside a mosque (this was out of the ordinary, though). However, there are rules. Ladies have to wear an abaya (black robe and head dress – provided at the entrance) and slippers/shoes are not allowed inside. And non-Muslims must not touch the Koran, the Muslim holy book, copies of which are stacked in every prayer room. My mom and I were able to experience what it feels like to be covered in black cloth from head to toe.
What a STUNNING building. The mosque in Cairo is the same, I have been there, anybody can go in as long as you dress appropriately and do not touch the Koran.
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What a beautiful building. I really love the foliage decor on the walls and that stonework on the ceiling.
Fascinating. So stunning in its opulence, I think they are making a good decision to allow non-Muslims the opportunity to view this wonder. I think it helps with their “public relations” image.
Wow! What a wonderfully beautiful post! Stunning pics! The cost of that mosque must be staggering! Thanks for all the info, it’s very cool to learn about other cultures/religions…and how cool that you got to take pics in there…and got to dress in the ‘garb’. Very cool post!
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That’s pretty amazing– thanks for sharing those photos. Happy TT!
This mosque is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
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Wow, that is amazing!
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That place is beautiful~ really beautiful~
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Incredible architecture and stunning decor. It is truely magnificant!
What a truly beautiful building. Someday, I hope to get to the Middle East in my travels and see some of these wonderful places.
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What was it like to wear an abaya? I know women who just LOVE wearing them. What an amazing place! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
AND look at your baby? She’s 20 now, right? I love her long hair.
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Wow. That’s incredible. They don’t do things half way in Dubai, do they? First that mall, now this mosque, and aren’t they still building the worlds tallest building?
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Wow, the building is absolutely stunning!
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That looks like an amazing building. The chandeliers are breathtaking.
wow— it feels like taking the tour myself! the building itself must have cost billions of dollars… beautiful place of worship…
Beautiful pics…WOW!! Happy TT and thanks for stopping by:)
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Thanks for the tour! And thanks for the Coehlo recommendation on my T13 (book sources) – he is in fact on Goodreads (but not very active) so after I read the book maybe I will ask him a question and see if he responds.
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That is a very beautiful building.
I just thought I’d stop in and let you know I’d posted pictures of the 13 ornaments I talked about last week (at your request/suggestion! :))
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Those are absolutely gorgeous pictures. I love that floral carpet!
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Omg, it’s beautiful! I love the pictures. *wistful sigh* How I wish I could just spend my life doing nothing but travelling… =)
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Wow! This place made my jaw drop! I really enjoyed looking around on your blog this morning. I love learning about new things like this. Thanks! 🙂
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Absolutely stunning! I would love to see more. I can only imagine the beautiful colours in person.
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Please let me know if you sell any tepe of carpet For mosque
Need 650 sq yart
Very nice Grace! Actually, we’ve visited this many more times over the last year – realised that it’s such a beautiful mosque really – an work of art. Thanks for your warm feedback on my post:)