Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: A Masterpiece
Rising impressively from perfectly groomed gardens, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, stands upright as a real Arabian marvel. It appears to give a royal welcome to all its visitors to the city of Abu Dhabi. So when you land here from your flights to Abu Dhabi, you will get a sight of the most beautiful mosque on earth. With a capacity of 40,000 worshippers it is also the largest.
The idea of the majestic mosque was conceived by UAE’s first president, Sheikh Zayed. His mausoleum lies on the way to the entrance of the mosque. People continuously recite prayers here and although other parts of the structure are open for photography, taking pictures of the mausoleum is strictly prohibited.
The design and style of the monument are in accordance to modern standards but in close relevance to Islamic civilization, art and architecture. The exteriors are covered with Greek and Italian white marble and in the interiors, the brilliance of Islamic calligraphy are depicted on the walls and the ceiling. Travel agencies also offer attractive deals on cheap tickets to Abu Dhabi from UK.
It certainly is a masterpiece of architecture and a must visit for people all over the globe. It has a series of unique and overwhelming elements. There are approximately 82 domes and 1,000 columns. The 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet are the remarkable attractions of the mosque. The main prayer hall has one of the largest chandeliers of the world. It weighs around 12 tonnes and is 10 metres in diameter and 15 metres in height. The hall also has a large carpet over 5,625 m2. The estimated value of the carpet is about 30 million. Hand-knotted by about 1,300 Iranian craftsmen out of wool and of cotton, it is indeed an amazing piece of art.
On the outside, four 107-m minarets stand as majestic silhouettes against the Abu Dhabi skyline. With the reflection of the columns in the water around, the mosque seems to achieve an amazing effect. Tourists from all over book their Abu Dhabi flights from UK to experience the richness of this destination.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture. The delicate floral patterns on the floor are inlaid with semi-precious stones which give it a sparkling feel.
It is one of the few religious places in the region that is open to visitors. However, it is important for tourists to follow the strict dress code. Mosque visitors are required to wear loose-fitting clothes covering from top to bottom. The men wear white and women wear black robes with hoods. Board cheap flights to Abu Dhabi from UK and catch a glimpse of this grand structure.