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Sheikh Zayed Mosque to be opened in Ramadan

posted on 10/08/2007: 918 views



Municipal Affairs Department of the Abu Dhabi Municipality is supervising the finishing touches being given to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the ten largest mosques in the world. Director of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque Project Khoulah Al Sulaimani said that the main prayer hall of the mosque is expected to be opened during the final days of the month of Ramadan.

The carpet to be spread in the prayer hall arrived yesterday from Iran and preparations are going on for fixing it. The 5000sq-metre carpet is the largest of its kind in the world and is hand-made with 35 tons of wool and cotton. More than 200 workers spent twelve months weaving the spectacular piece of art in 28 different colours derived from a host of herbs.

Meanwhile, the 30-million dirham chandeliers have also arrived from Germany and the preparations continue for fixing them at different parts of the mosque. The chandeliers plated in copper and gold are considered world's largest.

Public Relations Director at the Municipal Affairs Department Mubarak Saif Al Mazroui said that the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a magnificent addition to the Islamic architectural splendour, and will become a landmark in UAE and the region as a whole. The main prayer hall under three large domes can accommodate over forty thousand worshippers. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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