First Published: 2011-05-09

 

1,600,000 visitors to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in past four months

 

Visitors come from diverse backgrounds and nationalities impressed by beauty of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

 

Middle East Online

Daily introductory tours

ABU DHABI - The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi was visited by about 1,600,000 people during the past four months, with a record high of 330,000 visitors in January. Around 300,000 visitors flocked to the Mosque in February, 270,000 in March, and 260,000 in April. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre (SZGMC) is keen on informing visitors about the features of the Mosque, which reflects the aesthetics of Islamic architecture and its specific traits in Abu Dhabi.

This is done via daily introductory tours of the Mosque between 9:00am and 8:00pm. Visitors are given detailed explanations by Emirati guides on the architectural and cultural significance of the Mosque, which is one of the most important religious cultural destinations in the world that calls for tolerance and encourages the values of coexistence between members of different faiths and civilisations.

A number of visitors of the Mosque stressed that it holds a special place on cultural tourism map of the United Arab Emirates and the region as a whole, and is seen as a unique model that combines architectural art in the world.

They expressed their joy in visiting the great religious monument, praising the efforts of SZGNC and its various events and activities that seek to revive the traditional role of mosques in the prosperous Islamic eras in contributing to civilisation.

The visitors come from diverse backgrounds and nationalities and also from various tourism organisations, schools, public and private institutions in the country.

The SZGMC of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs is sponsored and supervised by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. It was established to be at the heart of a cultural and intellectual movement that expresses the cultural values and concepts enshrined by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God bless his soul, which are rooted in UAE national identity and inspired by the teachings of Islam.

 

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