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A view of the entrance hall of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Named after the founder and first president of the UAE, the mosque is also known as the Sheikh Zayed Mosque or Grand Mosque and is the largest mosque in the UAE.

 

Officially opened in 2007, it can accomodate for up to 40,000 worshippers and holds a few world records such as the largest carpet (5,627m2 / 60,570 sq ft), the largest chandelier, (10m in diameter and 15m height), or the biggest number of domes (57 domes).

 

Mostly made of white marble and was decorated using various materials such as marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is possibly the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi, as well as one of the most important, and beautiful, architectural treasures of the UAE.

 

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Taken on December 23, 2009