This blog is not about my food journey, but a trip to magnificient ‘Grand Mosque ‘ in Abu Dhabi,UAE. Being a resident of UAE, this trip was long pending.Dubai to Abu Dhabi is around 150 kms, and with the help of Google Maps you can reach your destination very easily.You have ample car parking space available,park your car and head straight to the entrance. As you enter, you will have to go through a security check . After you are done with the security check, you are good to go and enter the mosque. No But wait a minute!! Are you modestly dressed? Remember to dress respectfully – no shorts or skirts and cover your shoulders. In any case, women will be given an abaya and sheila to wear, while men dressed inappropriately will be given a dish-dash to wear.
Little Information about History and its Design:
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who wanted to establish a structure which unites the cultural diversity of Islamic world, the historical and modern values of architecture and art.
His final resting place is located on the grounds beside the same mosque. The mosque was constructed from 1996 to 2007.It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. The building complex measures approximately 290 m (960 ft) by 420 m (1,380 ft), covering an area of more than 12 hectares (30 acres), exclusive of exterior landscaping and vehicle parking.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s design and construction “unites the world”, using artisans and materials from many countries including India, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey,Malaysia, Iran, China,United Kingdom,New Zealand,Republic of Macedonia and United Arab Emirates. More than 3,000 workers and 38 renowned contracting companies took part in the construction of the mosque. Natural materials were chosen for much of its design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities, including marble stone,gold, semiprecious stones, crystals and ceramics. It was built by the Italian company Impregilo.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has seven imported chandiliers from the company Faustig in Munich Germany that incorporate millions of Swarovski Crystals. The largest chandelier is the second largest known chandelier inside a mosque, the third largest in the world and has a 10 m (33 ft) diameter and a 15 m (49 ft) height.
The pools along the arcades reflect the mosque’s spectacular columns, which becomes even more glorious at night. The unique lighting system was designed by lightning architects Speirs + Major to reflect the phases of the moon. Beautiful bluish gray clouds are projected in lights onto the external walls and get brighter and darker according to the phase of the moon.
The 96 columns in the main prayer hall are clad with marble and inlaid with mother of pearl, one of the few places where you will see this craftsmanship.
The Grand Mosque offers daily complimentary ‘walk-in’ guided tours (Sunday through Thursday at 10am, 11am and 5pm / Friday at 5pm and 7:30pm / Saturday at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7:30pm).
You may also visit the Grand Mosque on your own. It is open daily, but closes several times during the day for prayer. So you better call ahead and check the timings for when you plan to visit.
Please note that inside the mosque ,any kind of display of physical affection is considered disrespectful.
Beauty at its best, you will be mesmerized by the glamour of this mosque.Everything is organized to make your visit comfortable.Go ahead and plan your day and visit Grand Mosque,Abu Dhabi.
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Entry Fees : Free