Sheikh Zayed Mosque
What makes Sheikh Zayd Mosque the most visited place of UAE?
If you are into UAE and a fan of architectural masterpieces, then Sheikh Zayd Grand Mosque is the place you must consider to visit. It is one of the largest mosques of the world and the largest mosque of the UAE with a capacity of 40,000 plus worshippers. The mosque located at the heart of Abu Dhabi is a favorite place of people coming from multiple backgrounds for different reasons. The architectural masterpiece has got so much to attract tourists from all over the world.
Background of the Grand Zayd Mosque:
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is named after the UAE ruler, Sheikh Zayd Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, who set the foundation of the mosque. He is buried right next to the mosque. Sheikh Zayd initiated the project of the Grand Mosque with the vision to merge different architectural designs and styles from the Muslim world and present the true message of Islam to the world through this mosque.
For building this architectural masterpiece, the UAE government sourced building materials from different countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, China, Greece, Italy, Germany, and Austria. In Sheikh Zayd Mosque, you can find the footprints of multiple famous Muslim architectural designs such as Mamluk, Ottoman, and Fatimid architectural styles.
The Sheikh Zayd’s mosque design is highly influenced by the Badshahi Mosque built by Mughals from Pakistan. The architects from Italy, UAE, and England were hired for building the mosque. The main prayer hall can accommodate 10,000 worshippers.
Open Door Policy
The mosque is open for everyone and you don’t have to buy any ticket or pay a buck to explore this architectural wonder. To visit the mosque and spend time there peacefully, all you need is to follow the dressing codes and rules for photography. There are certain areas where you cannot click photographs or visit without any guidance.
Structure of the Mosque
White Marble is used for building the entire walls of the mosque as the white color is a symbol of purity. To complement the marble walls, colorful stones are used in the flower shape.
The main hall or prayer hall is a landmark of wonderful Islamic art. The detail and effort put into every part of the hall leave people wondering and amazed. The world’s largest hand-knotted carpet is there to cover the floors of the mosque.
Another noticeable and impressive part of the mosque is crystal chandeliers. You can find the largest chandelier weighing around 12 tons in the prayer hall. Again, these chandeliers are made with great details using the world’s finest crystals. At the menbar, where Imam stands to lead prayers is decorated with 99 names of Allah. This is a sign of great devotion, love, and reflection of the Islamic calligraphy art.
The mosque has 82 domes of different sizes and the largest one is at the top of the main hall prayer. These domes are created using white marbles and gold for the decoration. For outdoor illumination in the evening hours, there are 22 light towers that make this spot more fascinating.
Overall, the mosque is truly a masterpiece and one of the most visited places in Abu Dhabi. All the tourists who come to the UAE must visit the mosque during their stay. To assist your visit to the Mosque, contact us for consultation.
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