The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was constructed between 1996 and 2007. It was designed by Syrian architect Yousef Abdelky. The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by Persian, Mughal, and the Alexandrian Mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque in Egypt, also the Indo-Islamic mosque architecture, particularly the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan being direct influences. The dome layout and floorplan of the mosque was inspired by the Badshahi Mosque. Its archways are quintessentially Moorish, and its minarets classically Arab.
I witnessed the late construction period of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and it is and remains an absolute master piece of architecture. There are endless places waiting to be captured and throughout the years I visited SZGM many times. This particular image shows a pile of Quran books and a rather gentle reflection of an colored glass window nearbey. Sep 2011.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – largest mosque in UAE
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE