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United Arab Emirates

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The largest mosque in the country, it is the key place of worship for daily prayers. During the Muslim festival of Eid, it has been visited by more than 41,000 people in the period of celebration.
Constructed between 1996 and 2007, the Grand Mosque contains design elements borrowed from other Islamic countries, including Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan and Egypt. Its main axis is rotated about 11° south of true west, aligning it in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Natural materials, such as marble, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals, and ceramics were used in construction due to their long-lasting qualities.