United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi - Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and two women in abaya

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The majestic Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan 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 the 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 UAE.


The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, popularly called Grand Mosque by local residents, is seen as a “globally unifying” landmark from its conception to completion, bringing together designers, features, materials and suppliers from nearly every corner of the globe: Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, Turkey, Iran, China, Greece and the UAE.


The Mosque’s initial architectural design was Moroccan, but it evolved to include many global features, including exterior walls that are of traditional Turkish design. Natural materials were chosen for its design and construction, which include marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics.


Slightly different view at Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi than the one with desert foreground I posted few days ago. It is truly amazing place to visit and to take photos of. I have to admit that I have actually asked those two ladies to model for me to nicely balance the composition and also add more atmosphere to the shot. All ladies have to wear abaya and head cover when visiting this mosque, luckily you can borrow one at the mosque itself.


PENTAX K20D, f/8.0, 0.004 sec (1/250), ISO 100, 12 mm


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Taken on February 7, 2009