Visit one of the wonders of the world on your Abu Dhabi Bus Tour
Why not start your tour on a high? The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the jewel in Abu Dhabi’s crown. It’s fair to say this is one of the most important pieces of architecture in the Emirates. And one of the most beautiful mosques in the world.
The Mosque is crucial to the culture of Abu Dhabi, so no expense has been spared in its design and construction. Everywhere you look you’ll see white marble, inlaid with elaborate floral designs. Check out the interior walls too, which feature stunning gold glass mosaics. Mmake sure to hop off your tour when there are guided walks available. The Mosque is normally closed on Fridays.
A place of reflection
The Mosque’s vast courtyard covers 17,000 square metres (56,000 square feet), and is decorated with white marble imported from Greece. To add to the serenity, the building is surrounded by tiled pools, which means every stunning façade is reflected. That makes for double the beauty.
A magical carpet
The main prayer hall is home to the world’s biggest hand-made carpet. The design is based on a traditional intricate Islamic medallion and it took around two years to make. Over 1,200 people were involved in designing and hand-knotting the carpet. Once the pieces were woven together the carpet covered an incredible 5,700 square metres (18,700 square feet).
Other interesting facts about Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque:
- The main prayer hall can accommodate more than 7,000 worshippers
- The hall features the world’s largest chandelier, which is 15 metres (49 feet) high
- There are 82 domes and 1,000 marble columns, each inlaid with semi-precious stones
- During Eid the Mosque can be visited by over 41,000 people