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Where: United Arab EmiratesWhat to do: The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of those few places that is worth every bit of hype. This world's most expensive mosque should top your list of things to do in Abu Dhabi, as its grandeur will trump everything else. Head to Al Bateen Shipyar, the restored dock, which is one of the oldest inhabited parts of the modern city and gives an insight into the history of the emirate. Abu Dhabi boasts of quite a few art galleries, such as the Gallery One in the Emirates Palace and the Ghaf Art Gallery. If you want to head out of the city, then go dune bashing at the Rub' al Khali.
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Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This city also boasts of the world's furthest leaning tower- The Capital Gate, which creates an incredible impression. To me, these impressive architectural structures revealed a plethora of phenomenal modernity amidst the mammoth sandiness. The gray sky with the ominous, raw winds blowing, however reminded me of the rugged desert ambience as I headed towards an eatery for my late lunch, the Arab Udipi at Salam Street which draws crowd for its subtle Arab-Indian fusion. It definitely turned out to be an inspiring and exciting experience as my eyes captured the splendor of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque with its pristine aura in the sun drenched afternoon. My taxi driver, a Tamil fellow, Anand explained the history of this white marbled dome which can accommodate 40,000 worshippers. I gazed at the huge 17,000m square courtyard and the marble domes studded with gold and semi-precious stones and wondered at its marvel. After this surrealistic experience my driver took the route towards Al-Ain's mountain roads in its stride.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Following the legacy of great structures , this structure came out the winner.. It was truly grand and peaceful beyond comprehension.I could hear my own heart thumping and nothing else.
Sheikh zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Day 4: Visited the mosque in the morning before heading to Ferrari World. It is difficult to describe how beautiful this mosque is (and one of the few in the world where tourists can visit)-- the carpets, the chandeliers, the beautiful water bodies around. Amazing experience.
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This The most gorgeous mosque ever. It shines in the moonlight. I could only manage to get the night view. The interiors of this mosque is enormous. This mosque unites the historical and modern values of architecture and art. This is the largest mosque of UAE. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque has seven imported chandeliers . This mosque will leave a WOW expression on your face. Worthwhile!!!
Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque
There are quite a few interesting things about the main mosque of Abu Dhabi. It is one of the largest mosques in the world and is adorned with 24-carat gold details, beautiful reflection pools and a huge courtyard with mosaic tile designs. Firstly it has the world's largest carpet. It has the second largest chandelier in the world. It has a unique lighting system which not only adds to the beauty of the mosque but also becomes lighter and darker according to the phases of the moon. There are 96 columns in the prayer hall. The display of art and craftsmanship in this mosque is marvelous as every intricate detail seems to have been taken care of. The unique architecture is what makes this monument grand.
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The structure is simply marvellous and the decor one of the most sophisticated, it's an iconic landmark of Abu Dhabi is really amazing.
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The Sheikh Zayed Mosque also serves as the rest place for the Emir of the same name. This mosque is possibly the largest in the UAE and employs fiber optics to light it up. It contains ornate and exquisite marble inlay work, similar to that which is found in the Taj Mahal in India. Though open to all who visit it, the women are required to wear the 'abaya' a flowing black gown and men are required to cover their heads. Here's an interesting fact: The wall to wall rug in the mosque was originally mad in Iran. It was later shipped to Abu Dhabi, and finished in the mosque itself. The entire rug in handmade and hence, the women working on it were transported along with the rug for its completion. Now if that isn't extravagance, I don't know what is!