Monday, July 19, 2010

Side Trip to Sheikh Zayed Mosque

After our meetings this afternoon, Dr. Kurt Newman, Jim Lintott, Dr. Zena Quezado, Dr. Ray Sze, Jim Lintott, Tricia Paulino, and I visited the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, commonly known as the Grand Mosque. The mosque is the largest in the United Arab Emirates and one of the largest in the world, covering 22,212 square feet -- the size of five football fields. The design is primarily Moroccan but was also built with artisans and materials from Italy, Germany, India, Turkey, Iran, China, Greece, and the UAE. It was constructed with natural materials -- marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals, and ceramics -- and includes the world's largest carpet and the world's largest chandelier.

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