Sheikh Zayed Mosque (Grand Mosque) Abu Dhabi, UAE

Facts And Figures

  • Full name of the mosque is Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, named after the first president and founder of the UAE, who was buried at the Mosque site after his death on 03 November 2004.
  • The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the third largest in the world according to the General Secretariat Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Turkey. The two mosques in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia are larger.
  • The mosque is located between Mussafah bridge and Maqta bridge in the emirate of Abu Dhabi (route map).
  • Area of the Shaikh Zayed Mosque is 22,412 square meters. The 4 minarets are 107 meters high.
  • An Iranian carpet placed in the main prayer hall, woven by about 1200 Iranian women, is 5000 sq m and is the largest hand-woven carpet in the world, made out of 35 tons of wool and cotton. Cost AED 30 million, delivered to Abu Dhabi in early August 2007.
  • The seven chandeliers in the mosque cost about AED 30 million.
  • The main dome is the largest in the world and is 87 metres high with a diameter of 32.8 metres. There are a total of 82 domes in the mosque, of traditional Moroccan design.
  • The courtyard will have a total of 1048 columns.
  • The Qibla wall will be lit by about 250 EFO illuminators from Fiberstars EFO – a supplier of fiber optics.
  • Construction materials and components are sourced from Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy.
  • About 1500 workers involved in construction
  • About 40,000 worshippers can be accommodated
  • Main prayer hall can accommodate 5000 worshippers

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