Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi.

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Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar
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The blue hour
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One of the 4 main minarets
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The sky, the plane and the minaret

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque, more popularly known as The Grand Mosque, is one of the world's most visited modern architectural marvels. While visiting Abu Dhabi on a business trip, I got the chance to marvel at the splendour of this modern design marvel and photograph the complex during the blue hour.

The Central courtyard

Photo of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center - Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates by Sandeep Sreedhar

Entering the complex from the parking lot

Photo of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center - Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates by Sandeep Sreedhar

From the main road, you have no idea how complex the structure is

Photo of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center - Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates by Sandeep Sreedhar

The Mosque was commissioned in 1996 and completed in 2007 by the Syrian Architect Yousef Abdelky. He was inspired by Persian, Mughal, Greco-Egyptian and Indo-Islamic influences in his design which is spread over 30 acres. As the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the moon was one of the key design elements particularly in the outdoor elements.

The Grand mosque is free to enter for visitors as long as you are properly attired and I would recommend getting in closer to the sunset and it is a spectacle being there during the blue hour. The structure glows with a distinct luminosity as the marble and glass play with each other in the soft lighting.

The blue hour

Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar

Marble playing in the light

Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar
Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar

One of the 4 main minarets

Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar

The sky, the plane and the minaret

Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar

There are 1096 columns on the outside and 96 on the inside with Turkish, Mamluk and Ottoman styled designs. The central courtyard measuring 0ver 4 acres is the largest marble mosaic in the world. You can also find the largest carpet in the world ( over 1 acre and weighing 47 tons) in the main hall.

The columns reflected in the pond.

Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar
Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar
Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar
Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar
Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar
Photo of Photographing the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. by Sandeep Sreedhar

A trip to the UAE would be incomplete without visiting this homage to Islamic culture. As long as you can disregard the thousands of tourists there, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the complex and appreciate the capabilities of mankind.

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