Abu Dhabi hosts the third largest mosque in the world - after the ones in Mecca and Madina in Saudi Arabia. It is named after the founder and first President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He chose the location and took substantial influence on the architecture and the design of the mosque. Based on his vision, the mosque was built with the rise of 11 metres above sea level, and 9.5 metres above the street level so that it is clearly visible from all directions.
It is built as a monument to consolidate Islamic culture and a prominent centre for Islamic sciences. According to his wish, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is also the last resting place of its name giver, who passed away in 2004. @abudhabi.ae