The magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the pride of UAE, has been ranked by the world’s largest travel community among the Top 25 landmark attractions of the world.
This makes the Grand Mosque in line with the Taj MahalÂ in India, Petra in Jordan and Machu Picchu in Peru – as came in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travellers Choice Awards.
“This is particularly pleasing as the rankings are solely based on reviews and recommendations by the vast TripAdvisor travelling community, thus confirming its place as one of the most importantÂ cultural tourism destinations,” said Mr. Yousif Al Obaidli, Director General of theÂ Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center.
TripAdvisor recently named the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as “one of the world’s most talked about attractions.” With the release of the 2013 Travellers Choice awards, TripAdvisor describes the mosque as an Abu Dhabi “must see.” “The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center offers services for worshippers, domestic and international visitors alike, all year round. In 2012, 4.7 million visitors were welcomed to the mosque from all over the world,” explained Al Obaidli.
This year, during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s opening times have been extended on previous years. Opening times will be 9am – 2pm and guided tours are offered complimentary at 10am and 11am, except Fridays.
“Our tours are led by one of our officialÂ Tourist GuidesÂ and the interactive tours provide information about the mosque, its architecture and there is plenty of opportunity for visitors to ask questions. Ramadan is a special time of the year and we encourage our visitors to take a guided tour and experience the Islamic culture of the mosque.” concluded Al Obaidli.
Among the other attractions ofÂ Abu Dhabi City tourÂ The grand mosque is always the highlight, althopugh many travellers also likeÂ Abu Dhabi Desert SafariÂ during the stay in Abu Dhabi
DubaiÂ has launched yet an other another record breaking tower. The one billion Dirham Cayan Tower, formerly known as Infinity Tower has been inaugurated on Monday 10th June. Cayan Real Estate InvestmentÂ the developer of the tower says, the 307-meter-high tower holds the record for the tallest twisted architectural creation in the world, â€œWe wanted to develop a different creation to be part of the competition [for towers] in Dubai, â€ said Ahmed Alhatti, president and chairman of Cayan Group. Located in theÂ Dubai Marina area, the residential tower has sold over 80 per cent of its approximately 570 residential units, which includes 495 apartments, with one to four bedrooms, and penthouses. Currently, the selling of residential units has stopped, but it is expected to resume after the summer months, according to Alhatti. Buyers that have units in the tower can move in starting from Tuesday, he said. The tower, which has a 90 degree curve from top to bottom, also includes retail space and it is expected to have a spa as well.Â Itâ€™s taken eight years to develop Cayan Tower, which was expected to be launched in 2010. The delay is a result of a number of factors, including the financial woes of 2008 that put many projects in Dubai on hold.Â Another factor is the collapse of the wall that held back the Marina water in 2007, Alhatti explained. The 75 storey tower was designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, known for projects such asÂ Burj Khalifa. Cayan is â€œstudying two projects inÂ Dubai,â€ he said, but declined to give further details.