Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday is from my visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I was living in Abu Dhabi for 11 weeks and using my time to explore and learn more about the culture.
The Grand Mosque was the dream of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Zayed died before completion was buried on the grounds next to the Mosque. His sons ensure their father’s dream was completed.
The Mosque was designed to promote the cultural diversity of the Islamic world and showcase modern and historical architecture and art. It features elements from the three main styles of Islamic architecture: Persian, Mughal and Moorish. The main prayer hall’s carpet was handmade in Iran and is 60,570 sq ft. It took over 1,000 people two years to make. It is made from New Zealand and Iranian wool. In the Mosque hang seven chandeliers that were made in Germany using Austrian and Italian materials.
The Mosque has a strict dress code when visiting. Women must cover their heads and arms and legs should be covered for both sexes. Covering are provided for those without correct attire.
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