Dominating Abu Dhabi’s skyline with its gorgeous structure, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an iconic image of religion, tradition, and innovation within the United Arab Emirates. Named in honor of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the visionary founding father of the UAE, this mosque is a stunning testomony to Islamic artistry and world unity. The mosque can accommodate over 40,000 worshippers, and it’s the largest within the UAE. Accomplished in 2007, the mosque’s white marble façade is adorned with intricate floral designs, reflecting the grandeur of conventional Islamic structure. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has roughly 1,000 columns, all coated with greater than 20,000 marble panels which can be inlaid with semi-precious stones, together with lapis lazuli, pink agate, amethyst, abalone shell and mom of pearl. The mosque’s inside is equally breathtaking, that includes the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet and a chandelier adorned with thousands and thousands of Swarovski crystals. The “Abu Dhabi Metropolis Tour,” which visits the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, is obtainable on the next cruises: Glowing Sands & Cities of the Persian Gulf, Dubai In-Depth & Persian Gulf Cruise Tour and Emirates, Qatar & the Span of Oman. The “Night time Tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque” tour, which options gorgeous illumination of the principle prayer corridor and façade, can be obtainable on the Glowing Sands & Cities of the Persian Gulf cruise.