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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
It is an impressive building with four minarets and three large as well as 79 smaller domes. There are 1092 white columns adorned with inlaid semi-precious stones in botanical designs that line the rooms and courtyards. This work was carried out by Indian craftsmen from the same region as the Taj Mahal and used similar techniques to those used to decorate the Taj Mahal. Inside there is a handmade carpet from Iran that covers more than 5000sq m and a multi-coloured 15m chandelier with 2 million Swarovski crystals that was made in Germany.
Entrance to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The tour of the Grand Mosque is different in tone from the Jumeirah tour; it is more about the architecture and history of the mosque rather than covering the Islamic faith. The Mosque is stunning and well worth the visit if you are in Abu Dhabi. Women are provided with an abaya to wear before entering; this is to ensure that woman are decently covered.
There are several tours each day except Fridays. The first trip of the day is 10am and is the least busy as it is before the main tourist coaches.
Tour the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Free entry www.szgmc.ae/en Rashid al-Maktoum Road (Airport Road) South.
Floral decoration at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Most of the mosques you see around Dubai are in the same Arabic style – with a central dome and minarets, however, near the Fabric Souk close to the Creek is the Iranian mosque – a very different style. You can not enter the mosque, but the outside decoration is impressive.