Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

I’ve never seen so much marble in my life until today.

The mosque was conceived by the late Sheikh Zayed, the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the UAE from 1971-2004, and also serves as his burial place. It is the UAEs biggest mosque, and one of the largest mosques worldwide.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emerates is an enormous mosque with an unbelievable capacity of 14,000 people (which is why it features an underground parking garage).

The natural materials used in its construction include white marble, gold, semi-precious stones and crystals.

No shoes were allowed in the mosque, so it was essential to leave them behind.

Several different colored marble illuminate the flower designs on the floor of the mosque, which our tour guide advised us not to step on, as the sun’s smoldering heat turns the colorful marble into a frying pan.

It is also considered a form of respect to dress as the locals when entering.

Unfortunately, my kondura is at the tailor, but here is a picture of the other study abroad students in Emirate dress.

The world’s largest carpet was created for the interior of the mosque.

It measures 5,627 square metres and weighs 47 tonnes. The carpet was hand-made by 1,200 weavers who used 2,268,000 knots in its creation.

2 Responses to “Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque”

  1. joan milano 08. Feb, 2013 2:51 pm

    So Nick, what did you wear?

    How magnificent!!

  2. This is so beautiful!
    I bet it was mindblowing in person