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Grand Mosque

Sheikh-Zayed-bin-Sultan-Al-Nahyan Mosque.

 

Architect:

Yusef Abdelki, Halcrow (Executive Architects), Spatium Architects, Milano (Interior Design)

 

Lighting designer:

Speirs and Major Associates, Edinburgh

 

This House of God, named after Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan, the late ruler of Abu Dhabi and founder of the United Arab Emirates, is a building of superlatives: it is the largest mosque in the Emirates and the third largest worldwide, featuring the biggest dome of a mosque and the largest hand-woven carpet in the world. Its interior provides room for over 40,000 worshippers. Eleven years after the start of constructions and one year after its inauguration, the grounds of the mosque are now also due to be completed this year.

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Taken on November 5, 2008