Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Complete in 2007, Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an astonishing example of modern Islamic architecture, finished in pure white Greek marble and surrounded by reflective tiled pools. The complex covers an area of 22,412 m2 and embraces cultural and religious diversity, being one of the few in the UAE open to non-Muslims.
Designed by Syrian architect Yousef Abdelky, the grandiose structure marks the entrance to Abu Dhabi City Island, featuring 82 onion-top domes, gorgeous Moorish archways, 4 awe-inspiring minarets in different architectural styles, as well as thousands of hand-carved marble columns inspired by the Arabian date palms and embedded with precious stones.
Adorned with Arabic calligraphy, Swarovski crystals, and 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers, the interior is even more spectacular. Also, the main prayer hall is home to the largest hand-knotted carpet in the world, a stunning 5,700 square meter tapestry of intricate Islamic motifs in 25 natural colors, made of 35 tons of New Zealand wool and 12 tons of Iranian cotton.
Capable of accommodating 40,000 worshippers, this is one of the largest mosques in the world, and definitely among the most beautiful.