Wednesday, June 26, 2024

The Dubai Desert and Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

 Only an hour drive from city center, many excursions may be had in the desert, principally camel riding or dune mashing in a variety of vehicles. I opted for the latter, in an air-conditioned jeep, and the experience was exhilarating.

With the temperature exceeding 115 degrees, I was anxious to return to the cool confines of our vehicle. 


                                                                              My guide.


                                      New and ultra-modern construction is everywhere in Dubai.

The entrance to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are two of the seven-member nation known as the United Arab Emirates, with Abu Dhabi the capitol.


The Mosque, completed in 2007, covers more than 30 acres. It can accommodate 40,000 worshipers. 


              The inlay in the courtyard is believed to be the largest mosaic floral design in the world.


                    The 96 columns in the prayer hall are clad in marble and inlaid with mother-of-pearl.


              The chandeliers were crafted in Germany and incorporate million of Swarovski crystals.


                                  The 35-ton carpet was crafted by approximately 1200 carpet knotters.

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