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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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Le Xuan Hung on November 6, 2012

Beautiful architecture and nice view-point. Beautiful light and perspective. L(1).

My friendly greetings, Le Xuan Hung.

Raffaella Valmassoni on November 6, 2012

ILIKE perfect inside! rafl

Elemér on November 6, 2012

Beautiful photo composed well! L


Ho Thi Duc Tu. on November 6, 2012

Superbe capture, magnifique photo. L + F Duc Tu.

Pepino on November 6, 2012

like 5 for beautiful perspective shot, warm greetings, Pepino

Miracle M on November 6, 2012

Very beautiful capture! Like Best wishes

Dumbrava Laur on November 6, 2012

Superb picture of wonderful place!


Zygmunt Borowski on November 6, 2012

Very modern, like this photo 8

Bassam, thanks for your visit my photos

Greetings from Poland, Zygmunt

CriPhoto on November 6, 2012

Impressive place and a very beautiful composition!! YSL. Best greetings from Sweden and Cri!!

Det Lindinger on November 6, 2012

Toll Bassam Gut gemacht ..........like10+Fav

Best Greetings from Germany, Det!

Nenad Obradovic on November 6, 2012

Very nice photo Like and favorite

Sonja Sofronić on November 6, 2012




Lloret on November 6, 2012

Very nice photo, like

Voar Alto on November 6, 2012

Beautiful photo.LK: Greetings,Eduardo.

A Pilago on November 6, 2012

Good to see from this site! Fantastic shot... excellent - LIKE,

best wishes Andre

Magda M on November 6, 2012

Piękne ,to jak w pałacu księżniczką być i chadzać tam byłoby wspaniale ;D

Marianne R. on November 6, 2012

Amazing picture of this beautiful mosque, Bassam. I like the perspective you have taken this photo.

Best wishes, Marianne

Majka44 on November 6, 2012

Wonderful interior and very beautiful image.



luky99ful on November 6, 2012

Wonderful detail, very well captured. Greetings

Бобан Армуш on November 6, 2012

Excellent shot, very beautiful & interesting architecture. YSL 7/21. Greetings from Serbia, Boban

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 6, 2012
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    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX S9200
    • Taken on 2012/10/02 15:22:06
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 4.50mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash