Back to my traveling diary from the United Arab Emirates! As I mentioned in my previous post, I fell in love with the beautiful country. Culture and religion are very important in the UAE which is what makes it so unique. The richness of the environment is stimulating, and you cannot help but be charmed by it all. I dedicated some of my time in Dubai to visit one of the largest mosques, located in Abu Dhabi.
The Sheik Zayed Mosque was a fantastic experience. It was the icing on a cake of our trip. I have never seen something so breathtakingly beautiful. I was at a loss for words when we arrived. All I could think and say was “WOW!!” Regardless of what your religious beliefs may be, I highly suggest you make a stop at the mosque because the architecture and energy are indescribable.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the capital city of United Arab Emirates. Mosque was constructed in 1996, and it was finished in 2007.It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. The cost to build this unique mosque was 545 million dollars.Building measures from 960 Ft (290m) by 1380 ft (420m) covering the area more than 30 acres ( 12 hectares).
Inside of the mosque
Our little daughter took advantage of a big space to run, and it was the most adorable thing ever. We are so glad that she had to experience this with us.
The mosque is closed Friday until 4:30 p.m. due to Juma Namaz which is the Friday prayer Muslims around the world practice. Click here for more information on hours and the mosque.
The qibla wall of the prayer is oriented in the direction of Mecca. It is the spiritual heart of the mosque and looks the 99 names of Allah.
There are seven crystal chandeliers made by Faustig from Munich, Germany. They are situated in the halls and foyers of the mosque. The largest in the world is located in the central prayer hall and weighs approximately 12 tons. There is also two smaller versions of the same design that weigh about 8 tons each. Incredibly beautiful and kind of cool, if you ask me.
Pictured below is a smaller mosque we saw on our way to the Grand Mosque. Is too rich in architecture and absolutely stunning.
Below are a few other miscellaneous sites we saw while traveling through Abu Dhabi that I found fascinating.
Before we parted Abu Dhabi, we decided to have a meal by the water. If you end up visiting the mosque, definitely take the time to visit a restaurant within Abu Dhabi on some excellent food and fantastic views.