Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and over the past few years has really started to rival the better known (one hour and a half drive away) city of Dubai. Arguably its most impressive landmark is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which opened in 2007.
From Wikipedia – “The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s design and construction ‘unites the world’, using artisans and materials from many countries including Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates. More than 3,000 workers and 38 renowned contracting companies took part in the construction of the mosque. Natural materials were chosen for much of its design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities, including marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics.”
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