With its magnificent 82 domes, sky-piercing minarets and acres of gleaming, ice-white marble, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is breathtaking. A visit to Abu Dhabi isn’t complete without a visit to this magnificent religious edifice. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque represents great sentimental and moral value for the people of the UAE, and their leadership.
The mosque also constitutes one of the most prominent and intricate architectural monuments in the world. The sentimental values can be seen enhancing in the unique beauty of its architecture, is an embodiment of such sentimental value. The Mosque represents a spiritual space, enriching throughout the ages by the inheritance of Islam. It truly reflects the open spirit of renaissance which has inspires humanity with its purity.
There is greatness in the patterns of the architecture of the Mosque. It has benefitted from examining the traditions in the monuments of other religious throughout the Arab and Muslim World. The Mosque reflects the diversity in culture, thought and civilization which it aspires. Th experience of the UAE, as envisioned by its great founding father the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, (may God bless his soul), is one of the finest and most successful examples of diversity. The experience suggests that tradition and modernity can coexist and provides a source of richness for the other.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center highlights the heritage of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It commemorates his memory, his qualities and his contributions to humanity. The Mosque and all its facilities are managed according to the latest modern standards. Its collections and features are safeguarded. With a state of the art library equipped with modern facilities for the development of research and knowledge. It facilitates the public understanding of Islamic civilization, arts and architecture. Cultural and social events aree organized, including lectures, exhibitions.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s design and construction “unites the world”, using artisans and materials from many countries including Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates. More than 3,000 workers and 38 renowned contracting companies took part in the construction of the mosque.
The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by Persian, Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture, particularly the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco being direct influences. The dome layout and floorplan of the mosque was inspired by the Badshahi Mosque and the architecture was inspired by Persian, Mughal and Moorish design. Its archways are quintessentially Moorish and its minarets classically Arab. The design of the mosque can be best described as a fusion of Arab, Persian, Mughal and Moorish architecture.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street، – 5th St
Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates.
Tel.: +971 55 362 4444
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