A journey around Abu Dhabi - UAE Pics

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A journey around Abu Dhabi

The glorious Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a great draw for visitors to the capital.
The massive religious structure was named after the late president of the UAE.
Designed by Iranian artist Ali Qaliqi and featuring a 115-metre high minaret, 1,084 columns and 82 domes covered with gold, the mosque took 12 years to complete at a cost of Dh2.167 billion and opened during Ramadan in 2007. It covers 22,000 square metres (five football fields) and can hold up to 40,000 worshippers.
Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan now rests in a large mausoleum next to the mosque where imams relay to continuously read from the Quran and only stop for the five daily prayers.
The new Aldar Headquarters, at Al Raha Beach. Scaling a height of approximately 110 metres, the first totally spherical building in the Middle East features a futuristic aluminium and glass exterior.
The Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation is the capital's arts centre.
The Heritage Village is a reproduction of a traditional Bedouin village, with an old dhow yard and a souk area where visitors can buy leather, glass, pottery, spices, perfumes, daggers, swords and silk.
Near Heritage Village is a gorgeous view of the skyline - mixing traditional Arabian architecture and pure modernity - that lines the Riviera-style Corniche.
The fish market at the old fishing village is a covered and air-conditioned market where both locals and expats of all ages were bargaining for the freshest seafood.
There was not much to report at the Fishing Harbour because it was a weekend day and no fishermen were returning from the sea with fresh catch.
To trip to Abu Dhabi would be complete without stopping to take pictures of the famous Emirates Palace Hotel.

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