This post is a part of a weekend trip to the UAE in February 2012. We attended a conference-seminar in Dubai and spent the rest of our stay sightseeing. The weather was perfect for the outdoors, bright and sunny with cool breezes (tail end of winter season). First stop of our “Capital Adventure” was the Grand Mosque.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Arabic :جامع الشيخ زايد الكبير) is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His final resting place is located on the grounds beside the same mosque.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s design and construction ‘unites the world’, using artisans and materials from many countries including Italy,Germany, Morocco, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece 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, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics. The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by both Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture, particularly the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca being direct influences.
The dome layout and floorplan of the mosque was inspired by the Badshahi Mosque and the architecture was inspired by both Mughal and Moorish design. Its archways are quintessentially Moorish and its minarets classically Arab.
The design of the Mosque can be best described as a fusion of Arab, Mughal and Moorish architecture. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheikh_Zayed_Mosque)
Here are some of photos we’ve taken… forgive the quality, it’s only phone cam, = )