Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
The Grand Mosque has always held a place of intrigue within me. It wasn’t until my last trip to Dubai that I decided it was a must see this time around. Circumstances throughout the day prevented me from the mid-afternoon stroll I had planned on and instead, left me exploring the grounds at dusk.
A stealthy crescent moon peeked out above the bulbous Moroccan inspired architecture like a beautiful lunar accent and glowed softly against a pale purple sky. The call to prayer suddenly came on and as the hypnotic cry drifted through the air and the wind gently twirled around my head scarf, I felt a great sense of peace come over me. The Grand Mosque is an incredible sight to see, meticulously handcrafted and breathtaking in every direction. Regardless of religion, there’s a level of artistry and respect unquestionably due to Sheikh Zayed and his team for constructing such a magnificent piece of cultural history. I learned a little something along my journey through the Grand Mosque and now, so can you.
10. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the third largest mosque in the world.
7. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is also the last resting place of the man himself, who passed away in 2004.
2. Once inside you’ll notice the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet, designed by Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi and hand crafted by 1,300 artisans
1. A unique lighting system gradually changes with the phases of the moon to become lighter as the moon becomes full, making for a breathtaking backdrop.