Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
• Lamp Colours Midnight Blue 3000K
• Control Gear IP Compact
• Lamp Meterage 8,000 metres
• Power Consumption 30 Watts per metre
• Lighting Design & Supply Speirs + Major
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world. It is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and the first President of the United Arab Emirates, who is also buried next to the mosque.
The Mosque is large enough to accommodate 40,000 worshippers and the main prayer hall can accommodate up to 9,000 worshippers. Two rooms next to the main prayer hall, with a 1,500-capacity each, are for the exclusive use of women. There are four minarets on the four corners of the mosque which rise about 115 m (377 ft) in height.
There are 57 domes covering the outside yard and the main building as well. The domes are decorated with white Bianco marble from Pietrasanta, Italy and the interior decoration is made of white marble from Laas, Italy. The courtyard is paved with floral marble designs and measures around 17,000m2. Over 8,000 metres of midnight blue and 3,000K were used in the high level dome areas, not only to provide an IP65 rated powerful illumination, but also for a long-life, low maintenance installation.