Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi
Just some basic facts when it comes to the Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi: it has 82 different domes, four minarets and a capacity of over 41.000 visitors. Construction of the mosque took eleven years (between 1996 and 2007) with more than 3000 workers involved. The project was initiated by the late president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nayhan. The mosque was also named after the beloved Sheikh. →
ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST
Have you ever stayed in a Moroccan Riad, enjoyed the lavish lifestyle in urban hubs such as Dubai or Abu Dhabi or visited the ancient city of Petra in Jordan? As you travel through the Middle East you will discover that the lands of the stories of 1001 nights have modernized and yet have remained true to ancient traditions such as hospitality and dress.
The Middle East has been the home of some of the world’s oldest civilizations such as ancient Egypt and the Assyrian empire. Remains such as the pyramids and mummies in Egypt and the threatened ancient cities of Nineveh and Nimrud in northern Iraq are vivid reminders of past splendor. Arabs were also known for their tradesmen and seafarer skills, sailing to the Indian, African and European shores to buy and sell goods.
Because of turmoil in some Arab countries it is currently not advisable to visit Yemen, Iraq and Syria. However, don’t let this discourage you from travelling to any of the other Middle Eastern countries. In fact, it is less likely for you to get mugged in an Arab country than in most other countries in the world.