Here are a few more photos - taken by M from the passenger side of my car on the highway - of Shaikh Zayed Mosque. Picture above is from the east side. Again, it is even more beautiful in "real life" but we'll keep trying. According to the newspaper, it is the third largest mosque in the world.
This is the front of the mosque. It was open for the recent Eid Al Adha in December, when Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi) and Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (crown prince of Abu Dhabi and commander of the armed forces) attended prayer services there, along with many others.
This last photo is again from the highway and is of the west side of the mosque. The grounds are still being finished and lots of construction vehicles and apparatus remain. Some day, when this mosque is very famous, I'll say I can't believe I used to drive by it every day. I hope I can visit it and see the interior before we leave Abu Dhabi.
I wrote this blog during my two years in Abu Dhabi, where I lived with my then-husband and six children, then ages 18 - 9 years old. I now teach English as a second language at a university near my home in New Hampshire, USA.