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Shaikh Zayed Mosque: The grandest of them all

The Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque is UAE's largest mosque and the eighth largest in the world. In December an average 14,000 people visited the mosque daily. Some 40,000 people attended the Eid Al Adha prayers last November. A colossal 10-metre-wide, 15-metre-tall chandelier studded with thousands of Swarovski crystals dominates the main prayer room overlaid with the world's largest carpet. The 5,627 square metre work of art handmade in Iran by 1,200 weavers weighs 47 tonnes. Continuous recitation of the Quran emanates from a fenced-in structure near the north entrance of the mosque — the final resting place of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Gulf News Staff Photographer Abdel-Krim Kallouche was recently entranced by the grandeur of the mosque.

Comments (14)

  1. Added 22:30 June 4, 2011

    Yesterday also I visited this Holy Mosque.. It's amazing.. Everybody should come and see this wonderful place..

    S. Manaf, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 19:53 June 4, 2011

    Masha Allah. Very nice and beautiful mosque. Marble work and chandelier very beautiful.

    NAZAR IMAM, Muscat, Oman

  3. Added 16:48 June 4, 2011

    Masha Allah !

    Mohamad Ajmal, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:30 June 4, 2011

    I heard this mosque very beauty compare than other mosque. i did not go to this mosque.anyway i will go to this mosque with my wife.

    B.SIVA KUMAR, ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:22 June 4, 2011

    I am so lucky. I regularly perform my Friday Prayers at this beautiful Mosque. It reminds me of the Grand Mosque at Madina-Al-Munawara. Both these Mosques are unique in their own style.

    Sajjad Ahmad, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:21 June 4, 2011

    MashAllah beautiful.

    Salman Bhatti, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:57 June 4, 2011

    it's such a great mosque......it feels like heaven...and all the work is so good.......

    ms.shweta mewada, baroda, India

  8. Added 15:55 June 4, 2011

    i m aslo really missing to visit this holy place, Inshallah i have some plan to visit during Ramadan...........

    Israr Arif Khan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 14:40 June 4, 2011

    i see for the frist time in my life this shaikh zayed mosque. It is very great how they've made it.

    syed nayeem, dubai, India

  10. Added 13:50 June 4, 2011

    Its really awesome piece of architecture work which purely reflecets the Islamic culture. And salute to the personality who make it happen this marvelous job.

    Mohammad Waseem, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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