Built under the order of the late UAE president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, the mosque demonstrates the cultural diversity of the Muslim world alongside contemporary values of architecture and art as wished by the late president. To honor him, he was also laid to rest on the grounds next to the mosque.
Constructed from the year 1996 to 2007, the mosque is a key worship place in the country, being strategically located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE.
As the main place of worship as well as a major tourist attraction, the mosque has the capacity to hold beyond 41,000 people in one time. The mosque is usually filled to the brim during Friday gatherings as well as Eid prayers.
The mosque lived to up his foundational value of cultural diversity of the Muslim world by incorporating building materials that were imported from all over the Muslim world such as, Malaysia, Pakistan, Macedonia, and Morocco.
Adopting the traditional real function of a mosque during the prophet’s time, the mosque also housed a learning and discovery center as well as a sophisticated world-class library.