Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is an Emirate in the United Arab Emirates and its location in Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, 5th St – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. It is known as the largest mosque in United Arab Emirates and ranks 19th in the world’s largest mosques and serves as an inspirational source to explain to people the relationship between different cultures.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is most liked by the people for praying on daily and Friday. Thousands of people come to this mosque to pray on Eid and pray.
The dream of the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a mosque to connect Muslim communities of different cultures.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is known not only in Abu Dhabi but also in the entire UAE, as the largest attraction of Abu Dhabi. It attracts millions of visitors every year and around 55000 people on Eid day.
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first ruler of Dubai, had his first dream of a paradise-like mosque in the United Arab Emirates that connects all Muslim communities. For this reason, the mosque in Abu Dhabi was named Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
The construction work of this mosque was started in the year 1996, when the ruler of the UAE was alive. His body was buried in the center of the courtyard in the mosque due to his death even before the completion of the mosque construction project.
During the construction of the mosque, efforts were made to divert the entrance of the mosque to the Kaaba ie Mecca Medina and to the west.
Construction and Designing
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been given a better shape by British and Emirati Designers, but during designing, the mosque has been kept in the same position to maintain Islamic and other Muslim cultures.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is built on an area of 22,412 square meters. The process of construction of Sheikh Zayed Mosque was started in 1996 and It was fully completed on 20 December 2007. A total of $ 545 million was spent on the construction of the grand mosque.
The mosque was shaped like Persian, Mughal, Moorish to better prepare the mosque and to form the basis of many cultures in a cultural way that would connect all the Muslim community.
The entire mosque has been built on the basis of the designs of Arab and Islamic countries such as Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan, and parts of Egypt.
To build the Sheikh Zayed Masjid mosque, long-lasting and sustainable resources were introduced from almost all the countries. During the tenure of construction of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, more than 3000 creators from more than 38 sub-companies were contracted under contract to work.
There are a total of 82 domes designed in Sheikh Zayed Mosque which have been designed by the designer like the domes of Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan.
The main contract for the construction of the entire mosque was awarded to the famous Salini Impregilo of Italy, under which all the construction processes were going on.
During the construction of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, items like marble, semi-precious stones, gold and long and durable designed crystals were imported from many countries.
A total of 80,000 square meters of space was chosen for the construction of the mosque, out of which approximately 55,000 square meters of space was given to the mosque excluding parking and other areas.
To provide better cover to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, 82 domes of the mosque are provided with 4 pillars of total length of 109 meters. The mosque is decorated with a variety of artifacts, giving it a superior design. The mosque is decorated with more than thousands of sculptures to attract visitors to the mosque.
Attractions inside the Mosque
After entering the mosque, the main courtyard has been designed with more than 30 million marble pieces, which attract the visitor only during the entry.
The columns in the mosque have been designed with different types of precious stones like amethyst and jasper. And together, pleasing patterns have been made on the walls.
To provide better attraction to the mosque, there are about 1096 columns outside the mosque and inside the mosque there are about 96 valuable columns studded with gems and gold. To enhance the internal beauty of the mosque, inside the mosque is a Swarovski crystal chandelier made of 24 karat gold, which is made of gold. This gold-built Swarovski crystal chandelier further enhances the beauty of the mosque along with the interior structures of the mosque.
To transform Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque into a paradise scene, the mosque has a botanical area of about 17,000 square meters. In which many species of flora are available and they are designed in different ways.
During the construction of the mosque, a carpet was prepared for the prayer hall of the mosque which can be seen in the prayer hall of the mosque. This carpet is considered to be the largest carpet in the world, which was prepared by more than 1200 artists within 2 years.
The main manufacturer of this carpet was Dr. Ali Khaliqi, who designed the carpet by hand along with the craftsmen. The total length of this carpet is 5800 square meters, which has been completely made of wool and velvet.
The construction of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque was constructed in such an interesting manner that upon entering it appears to have come into paradise, the words presented by Kevin Dean, a British designer who gave their commentary on the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.