Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the newest attractions of Abu Dhabi city. The exquisite mosque is one of the largest mosques in the entire world. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is named after the revered His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He was the president of UAE, and the mosque was named after him to pay respect to his achievements.
Thousands of workers worked under more than 38 contractors to complete various parts of the mosque. The materials used in the construction were obtained from several countries including Germany, New Zealand, Greece, Italy, Austria, India and China.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an amazing place to be at. The vast area covered by the mosque is very well maintained. The entire mosque is built in pure marble. Some surprising facts about this beautiful place of worship stun the traveler. The best aspect of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the elaborate Islamic designs in the interiors of the mosque, and the landscaped gardens around the main building.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has many special and unique elements. Made by Iran’s Carpet Company, the 35-ton weighing carpet in the main prayer hall is regarded as the world’s largest carpet. Around 1,200 to 1,300 carpet weavers were hired to make this carpet designed by Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi. Seven imported chandeliers from Germany, comprising of millions of Swarovski crystals embellish the mosque.
The building is so beautiful that it is now considered to be one of the loveliest landmarks of the Abu Dhabi city. The mosque features exotic architectural patterns showing heavy influence of the traditional Islamic art. Praying here seems very satisfying. A strange feeling of reverence, and respect is sure to come in your hearts while visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
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Facts about Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
- The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi came into being in the autumn of 2007.
- It has the capacity to hold at least 30,000 worshippers at a time.
- The mosque is spread over an area of 22,000 square meters.
- 33,000 tons of steel was used to build this mosque.
Where is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque?
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a chief place of worship in UAE, is located in Abu Dhabi city. You can reach the mosque within 20 minutes by car from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The bus station is at a walking distance of just 10 minutes from the mosque.
Best time to visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi is one of the hottest cities in the world. Thus, it is perfect to visit only when the weather is pleasant. The months of December and January see lower temperatures, and thus are the best time to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Also, you must aim at the sunset tour of the mosque as the grand structure looks extremely beautiful with the setting sun in its backdrop.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Hours
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque opens from 9:00 to 10:00 pm daily. Only on Fridays, the mosque is closed for visitors in the morning and reopens at 4:30 pm.
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Nearby Attractions: Al Dhabi Lounge, Mushrif Mall, Yas Island, the Landmark (skyscraper) and Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation.Published On: Monday, November 25th, 2013