First time in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

I visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center for the first time last week. My company organized a special tour for the staff, as part of our internal Ramadan campaign. The weather isn’t currently fit for braving the great outdoors, but it was undoubtedly worth every bead of sweat that ran down my back, while standing in the heat, wrapped up in a thick black Abaya and a head scarf for the 20 minutes pre-visit briefing.

Despite the harsh midday sunlight, which wasn’t the most flattering for an outdoor photography session, I managed to get a few satisfying shots of the exterior and interior of the extremely photogenic building.

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The world’s largest chandelier hanging from the central dome

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Serenity, is the word I would use to describe the special quality the building reflects on you. Standing inside the main prayer hall, you can’t help but say a prayer; mine was to rest in peace the soul of the visionary leader of our national, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sulan Al Nahyan, who ordered the initiation of this ambitious project few years before his death. He envisioned it to become a center for cultural exchange, and to harmoniously link our past to our future.

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The worlds largets hand-knotted woven carpet

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My colleague Mohammed soon became an instant sensation. All the tourists’ wanted a photo with him!

Have you visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi yet? Did you absolutely love it as much as I did?

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