Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo/timeoutabudhabi.com
ABU DHABI – This magnificent mosque located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates was built in 1996 and officially opened in 2007 for worship.
Since its construction, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has attracted millions of visitors every year. Not only local people, many Muslim visitors from all over the world visit this mosque to perform their prayers.
The mosque, which was initiated directly by Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, has a large area with magnificent and soothing architecture. The following is a summary of the facts about the Sheikh Zayed Abu Dhabi Mosque.
1. One of the Largest Mosques in the World
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the third largest mosques in the world after the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca and the Al-Nabawi Mosque in Medina.
It is known that this mosque measures 12 hectares with an area of 22,412 square meters, equivalent to nearly four football fields.
The capacity of this mosque can reach 40,000 worshipers. Because of the size of this mosque, the building is clearly visible from the three main bridges that connect the city of Abu Dhabi, namely the Maqta, Mussafah, and Sheikh Zayed Bridges.
2. Magnificent Architectural Style
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is dominated by pure white because white symbolizes purity. Almost the entire mosque building is dominated by white and covered with marble from Macedonia.
Yousef Abdelky, who is an architect from Syria, was inspired by Mughal and Persian architecture with a touch of Moorish style.
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