Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates.
As one the world’s largest mosques, it can accommodate an astonishing 40,000 worshipers. It features 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest crystal chandeliers –10 meters in diameter, 15 meters in height and weighing 12 tons. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.
Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colors shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system that reflects the phases of the moon.