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Travel Diary: Abu Dhabi

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.

Dezistyle9.  This was an AED 2.5 billion (more than half a billion USD) project beginning in 1996 and finishing in December 2007.

Dezistyle8.  There are 82 marble domes, designed with Moroccan influence.


7.  The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is also the last resting place of the man himself, who passed away in 2004.

Dezistyle6.  Grand Mosque can accommodate up to 40,000 worshipers at once.

Dezistyle5.  There are more than 1,000 columns made of inlaid marble panels donning floral designs with semi-precious stones and another 96 columns in the main prayer hall.

Dezistyle4.  Building materials include marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics.

Dezistyle3.  Inside you will find the world’s largest chandelier, made of thousands of Swarovski crystals with the glasswork from Italy.


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.


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    Leilah Nicole
    March 31, 2015 at 10:05

    This is so incredible! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • DeziStyle
      March 31, 2015 at 14:18

      Thank you, Leilah! It was incredible to see in person, the pictures don’t quite do it enough justice.


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