28.04.2011 - 29.04.2011
Thursday we took the drive over to Abu Dhabi to visit the Sheikh Zahed Grand Mosque. The Mosque is the largest in the UAE and is made out of white marble. The sheer size of it was breathtaking.
Here are a few of the figures; it can capacitate 40,000 worshippers, the courtyard area in the middle is 130m x 130m, there are 82 domes with the main dome having a diameter of 30m.
All women have to wear burqas while visiting the mosque so Sharon and Rach were looking rather cute in their outfits. We walked around the outside for a while and the detail work with the marble was amazing. The entire courtyard is made up with white mosaic marble tiles, with large areas of colourful floral patterns done with numerous different coloured pieces of marble.
We went inside and that was just as impressive. There were massive chandeliers hanging from the domes, one of which used to hold the record for the largest in the world. In saying that, they may have been massive but boy they were ugly!! The rest of the inside was stunning though.
One our way home we called into Ferrari World, which is a theme park mostly indoors. We decided we wouldn’t pay the money to go in but the building itself was pretty spectacular.
Yesterday we went out for the famous ‘brunch’. We went to a hotel where you pay a fee which covers you for all the food and alcohol you can consume in 4 hours. The food was South African and was delicious and the drinks were going down quite well too.
From there we went to Barusti Bar which is a massive bar on the water front and caught up with friends of Shaz and Mike. Everyone hangs out on the beach which is covered with beds, couches and bean bags. They had a big screen TV up covering the royal wedding so there was a big crowd of cheering poms. We had an awesome time there drinking on the beach and smoking from the famous shisha pipe.
Today we are being treated to a night at Atlantis Hotel which is going to be fantastic. It is located at the far point of the palm islands. There is a big water park there which we can use at our leisure and tonight we are going to a great Japanese restaurant in the Hotel.
We will let you know soon how that goes.
View from high rise of palm island.
A couple of Abu Dhabi buildings
Rach and I
Rach and Sharon with people in background giving a good idea of size
Rach washing her feet before prayer
Detail work of courtyard floor
Inside the Mosque
Rach getting looked after by security