Sheikh Zayed Mosque - Abu Dhabi ....{by Bassam}

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Original details of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque Project were designed by: Yousef Abdelki, a Syrian architect.

  • Design and construction sourced from countries including Austria (Swarovski crystals in chandeliers), China, Germany (chandeliers), Greece, India, Iran, Italy (glasswork), Morocco, New Zealand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK).

  • Over 3,000 workers and 38 contracting companies were involved in the construction project.

  • Materials used included ceramics, crystals, gold, marble, semi- precious stones, stone.

  • Maximum capacity is 40,960 people - 22,729 in the open Sahan (courtyard), 7,126 in the main prayer hall, 1,960 in the open prayer hall, 980 in the open prayer hall female section, 682 in the main prayer hall entrance, 784 in the main hall entrance.

  • Total area is 22,412 square meters (about the same as 5 football fields). Courtyard area is about 17,000 sq m. Area of reflective pools surrounding the courtyard is 7,874 sq m.

  • Domes - 82 domes of Moroccan design decorated with white marble. Main dome outer shell has a diameter of 32.8 meters, and height of 70 m from inside and 85 m from the outside. It is the largest dome of its kind according to the Research Centre for Islamic History and Culture in Turkey.

  • Columns - the Mosque has about 1,000 columns in its outer areas, clad with over 20,000 marble panels inlaid with semi-precious stones including abalone shell, amethyst, lapis lazuli, mother of pearl, red agate. The 96 columns in the main prayer hall are decorated with mother of pearl.

  • Minarets - there are 4 minarats, each with a height of about 107 metres.

  • Lighting system was designed by lightning architects Jonathon Speirs and Major to reflect the phases of the moon.

  • Main glass door of the mosque: height 12.2 m, width 7 m, weight about 2.2 tonnes.

  • Chandelier in main prayer hall is the world's largest: diameter 10m, height 15m, weight about 9 tonnes.

  • Carpet in the main prayer hall is the world's largest hand-knotted carpet with 2,268,000 knots. Designed by Iranian artist, Ali Khaliqi, and hand-crafted by 1,200 artisans in small villages near Mashhadin in Iran.

  • Qibla wall (facing towards the Holy City of Mecca): height 23m, width 50m. The Qibla wall features traditional Kufi calligraphy, designed by UAE calligrapher Mohammed Mandi, showing the 99 names (qualities) of Allah. Fibre-optic lighting is also used. Calligraphy from the three styles of Kufi, Naskhi, Thuloth is used in the mosque, designed by calligraphers from Jordan, Syria, and UAE.

  • Cladding - total of 115,119 sq m of cladding used on the mosque and minarets.

  • Panels - 80 hand-crafted Iznik panels, or ceramic tiles, feature Thuloth style calligraphy from Sheikh Hasan Celbi of Turkey.

  • Marble - 28 different types of marble used in the mosque, including SIVEC from Greece and Macedonia on the external cladding, Lasa from Italy in the internal elevations, Makrana from India in annexes and offices, Aquabiana and Biano from Italy, East White and Ming Green from China.

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque, or Grand Mosque as it is often called, is an impressive sight when driving into Abu Dhabi. The words 'huge', 'enormous', 'massive', etc seem to understate the size of the mosque substantially. You'll understand when you drive past it or visit it. Don't forget to charge up your camera battery before you do. The mosque looks particularly spectacular early in the morning just after sunrise, or late afternoon as the sun sets. It should be one of the top items on a "must see" list of sights for anyone living in or visiting Abu Dhabi, Dubai, or anywhere else in the UAE.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world. The mosque site is equivalent to the size five football fields approximately.

As the country's grand mosque, it is the key place of worship for Friday gathering and Eid prayers. It is the largest mosque in the UAE and numbers during Eid can be more than 40,000 people.

Capacity over 40,000

Domes 82 domes of seven different sizes

Dome height 85 m (279 ft)

Minarets 4

Minaret height 107 m (351 ft)

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Vanni Lazzari on October 15, 2012

Bellissima prospettiva, like. Saluti Vanni

... ҈ ... on October 15, 2012

Magnifique, Bravo!

rOberto on October 15, 2012

Wonderful! A big like! Ciao Roberto

Ivan Logvinov on October 15, 2012

What a beautiful view!
Best wishes from Russia!

Dieter Hockertz on October 15, 2012

Nice reflection, very good photo.


Best wishes Dieter

Ed. Me. Mo. on October 15, 2012

Very nice photo, L+F, best greetings from Colombian Caribbean, E & C. Me<>Lon.

Popi Braga on October 15, 2012

Dear Bassam, compliment for this new beautiful photo. Nice angle and light! Ciao,Popi L8/F4

Martin Beitz on October 15, 2012

In my point of view this is the most beautiful mosque in the world. I have some pics as fav-list, but every time I see a new perspective I have to give it a YSL again. Best wishes, Martin.

Leif Fielstrup Guldb… on October 15, 2012

Beautiful image, high quality and sharpness. LIKE10.

Greetings from Sweden, Leif.

I. Drljan on October 15, 2012

Very nice photo.


NilouAghdam on October 15, 2012

perfect reflection and perspective:)

BOGDAN de Varsovie on October 15, 2012

Wonderful architecture. Excellent picture. LIKE 13.

Best regards.


Armando Buira on October 15, 2012

Wonderful picture, very beautiful composition and reflections!!! LIKE 14 & FAV 7.

MY best wishes, Armando

leo1383 on October 15, 2012

Like,beautiful Mosque,fine image,greetings Leo

JC EBY © NO VIEWS! on October 15, 2012

Great shot!!...beautiful composition and reflections!


Best regards, Jean-Claude

Ali Raza on October 15, 2012

Excellent view, like+favorite, best regards.

Jawed Hasan on October 15, 2012

Great shot
greetings, Jawed

Rodema on October 15, 2012

Amazing scenery and very nice capture! LIKE!! Best wishes from rodema.

C haydeé on October 16, 2012

¡Bellísima fotografía con preciosos raflejos!

Like y favorite

Saludos cordiales desde Argentina, Chaydeé.

Istvánné Dohárszky on October 16, 2012

Dear Bassam!Wonderful!!!!!Beautiful photo!I like it and favorit!Greetings,Ágnes

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 15, 2012
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    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX S9200
    • Taken on 2012/10/02 15:09:33
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 6.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash