Eid Mubarak to everyone. We feature one of the largest mosques in the Emirates. Driving from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is apparently the size of five football fields. It is a silent afternoon and there is just a handful of us at the mosque. And walking around I realize that almost everything here is larger than life and exceptionally beautiful
I am dazzled by the sheer brilliance as I stop and stare at the largest mosque in Emirates , the Sheikh Zayed Mosque which was built by the first President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the last decade.
The mosque which took about ten years to be built has more tall minarets, each one supposedly standing tall at 350 feet .
As I enter the mosque , I am blinded by the sheer white of the 82 domes .
The courtyard is one of the most beautiful part of the façade filled with pillars while the marble mosaic with its floral designs are soothing to the eye.
Reflecting the pillars are water bodies and pools around the mosque .
Only natural materials have been used in the mosque – from marble, crystal ceramics , semi precious stones and even gold.
The marble mosaic at the courtyard is believed to be over 180000 sq feet and more than 30 different varieties of marble was brought in from different countries like Italy, India and China among others.
The prayer room, one of the largest can accommodate almost 7000 devotees, while 40,000 people can enter the mosque at a time.Beautiful pillars grace the prayer room, all 96 of them inlaid with mother of pearl.
Looking down I see one of the world’s hand knotted carpets . Made in Iran by more than 1200 craftsmen, it is spread over 60570 sq feet of space.
Looking up I see beautiful chandeliers gracing the room , made in Germany, sparkling with Swarovski crystals.
With a diameter of 33 feet , one of the chandeliers at a height of 49 feet is apparently one of the largest chandeliers to be built in a mosque.
Have you seen a grander mosque than this ?