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Modi to visit Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

The Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, built by the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is the largest mosque in the UAE. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the mosque on Monday as per an earlier schedule. He will be on a two-day visit to the UAE from Sunday.

ABU DHABI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates starting Sunday, will visit the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the largest in the UAE, was an attempt by the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the then President, to integrate the Islamic cultural diversities and integrate modern values of architecture. Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan died in 2004 and is laid to rest nearby the mosque. The work of the mosque spanned from 1996 to 2007.

Thousands of artisans and materials from many other countries like Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, India and Greece were also involved in its construction. This concept has its origin in the Mughal architecture. There is also a fusion of the Arab and the Persian designs.

Measuring 290 m by 420 m, the Grand Mosque, built in marble, is spread across 12 hectares. There are four minarets. The prayer hall has the world's biggest carpet measuring over 5000 sq m. Made mostly of wool, it weighs 35 ton. The mosque has the third largest chandelier in the world.

Apart from being a place of worship, it also houses a cultural and educational centre. Its library has books in languages ranging from Arabic, English, French, Italian, Spanish and German to Korean. The capacity of the mosque is 40,000. There are three prayer halls, the main one can accommodate 7,000 worshippers. One of the two small halls is for women worshippers.

August 15, 2015

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