This large mosque was named after the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan AlNahyan. He wanted to build this mosque to show the diversity of Islam with its modern architecture. It took 12 years for the construction of this mosque which is the largest mosque after Mecca and Medina mosques. WOW!
Prepare your visit
As in every mosque, you have to dress modestly as a sign of respect for a religious place, with long sleeves and pants or long dresses and if you are a woman, you should cover your hair. It is forbidden to enter with shorts, sleeveless shirts, tight clothes … If you are not prepared, there are some abayas that you can borrow to enter the mosque. The Sheikh Zhayed Grand Mosque is without a doubt a must-see when you visit Abu Dhabi. This mosque is an art work, hopefully, you will be able to see it from my photographs.
The Mosque Architecture
The Mosque has a combination of Mamluk, Ottoman and Fatimid styles. Its design represents the diverse Islamic world into this beautiful Art. The originality of this Mosque is not created by using colors but by creating original artistic forms.
The Mosque’s details and design
The colors of the walls, columns and carpet created a artistically harmonical masterpiece.
The design of the glass work, mosaic are inspired by the traditional Islamic designs
There are 82 domes covered with pure white marble cladding and the largest dome is located in the center of the main prayer hall. It is 85m high and 32.8m in diameter.
The inside of the domes features traditional Moroccan artwork which has been made from reinforced plaster called. Encircling the inside of the domes are verses from the Holy Quran which are also molded from GRG and painted in gold color.
You can see the amazing Swarovski Crystal chandeliers by Faustig in the Mosque. It took approximately two years of work!! Can you imagine?! It weights 10 tonnes, it is 10 metes in diameter and 15 meters high, with an 18-kilowatt LED system.
There are also fourteen green glass domes incorporated into the roof of the underground male and female ablution facilities. They are visible above ground and are an important feature of the Mosque’s Islamic garden design.
It is incredible how the material were brought from all around the world. Carpets were brought from Iran and New Zealand, the chandeliers from Germany, the marble from Macedonia and Italy, the design of detail-work were inspired by Morocco, India, Algeria and Pakistan.
In the courtyard, large floral artwork are on the marble floor which doesn’t get too hot. You can really feel it since you have to remove your shoes and walk barefoot.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi light show
Check this video I found on YouTube on Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi light show! It is so beautiful!