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Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed mosque Abu Dhabi shot 14th of February, early evening shot.

The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is probably the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi to date. It is also arguably one of the most important architectural treasures of contemporary UAE society – and one of the most beautiful in the world – initiated no less by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is fondly thought of as the father of the UAE.

World records – The carpet laid out on the vast expanse is the “World’s Largest Carpet” made by Iran’s Carpet Company and designed by Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi.[2] This carpet measures 5,627 m2 (60,570 sq ft), and was made by around 1,200 weavers, 20 technicians, and 30 workers. The weight of this carpet is 47 tons – 35 tons of wool, and 12 tons of cotton. There are 2,268,000,000 knots within the carpet.

This mosque also held the largest chandelier. There are seven imported chandeliers from Germany made from gold-plated copper and fitted with millions of Swarovski crystals. The largest chandelier has a 10 m (33 ft) diameter and a 15 m (49 ft) height.

We were just, still getting some nice Winter skies when i got the shot. Queen Elizabeth II of the UK, also the Head of the Church of England, visited the Sheikh Zayed Mosque on 24 November 2010 during a visit to the UAE with her husband, Prince Philip, just a couple of months before. She was the first leader of a non-Muslim religion to officially visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

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