Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi is considered to be the key site for tourist attractions to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.
According to VisitAbuDhabi.ae website:
Opening hours: The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open daily to visitors, except on Friday morning, which is for worshippers only. The opening hours are 9am to 10pm (last entry at 9.30 pm) – Saturday to Thursday and 4.30pm to 10pm on Fridays. Complimentary one hour guided tours run (Sun-Thurs) at 10am, 11am and 5pm. Friday times are 5pm and 7pm and Saturday 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm.
The Design of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The design of this mosque is inspired by Indian Mughal, Persian, the Alexandrian Mosque in Egypt, and the Indian Islamic architecture. The Badshahi Mosque of Lahore in Pakistan has many similarities with the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi especially the dome layout and the floorplan, the Abu Dhabi mosque’s minarets are from Arabic architecture. In short, the Badshahi Mosque of Lahore has direct influence in the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosque and one of the world’s most expensive mosque. The grand mosque in Abu Dhabi is a work of art; more than 41,000 people may visit. The mosque has the capacity of 40,000 worshippers. The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi has 82 domes in its structure with over a thousand columns; it has 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet. According to Wikipedia: “The carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the world’s largest carpet made by Iran’s Carpet Company and designed by Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi.”
The Grand Mosque is named after the Late President
The Grand Mosque project was introduced by the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the United Arab Emirates, who wanted a structure should be built that unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic heritage with both historical and modern art. After the death of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, he was buried beside the same mosque and his funeral was the first ceremony in this architecture and the Mosque is named after his name. It was built from 1996 to 2007 and it is now the largest mosque of the United Arab Emirates.
Lighting System at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
According to VisitAbuDhabi.ae, “Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colors shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lighting system which reflects the phases of the moon.”
This mosque’s structure is also available on Google’s Street View to experience the site virtually.
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