Siblings Get Together...Part 3

So continuing on our visits around UAE, you with my sis and her family, if you hadn't followed from the beginning have a journey with us in here and here, and continue from here on :)!

We had quick visit to another Mall with a "record" in here :), Mall of the Emirates!!  Prior to the opening of the Dubai Mall (the world's largest mall), the Mall of the Emirates was the second largest shopping mall in the Middle East. Its biggest claim to fame is the Middle East's first indoor ski slope, Ski Dubai. With the ski area, one of the largest in the world. The kids wanted to have fun in the park, but as it was the holiday season, it was too crowded and the entry tickets are extravagantly high too! But had fun time strolling in one of the big shopping  toy store in there and of course getting lot of toys for a good bargained price!.

No visit to Dubai, especially for anyone from my family is complete without having a visit to Festival City, and exactly a visit to IKEA. While the kids with their fathers had good fun game at the bowling center in there, while us ladies strolled around IKEA with ease of mind :)!

Next day was our last day together where we drove up all the way together to Abu Dhabi, and the grand finale was the visit to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

The majestic Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque is probably the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi, popularly called the Grand Mosque by local residents, is seen as a construction to ‘unite the world’, using artisans and materials from countries such as Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, Turkey, Iran, China, Greece and the UAE. The design of the mosque can be best described as a fusion of Arab, Mughal and Moorish architecture. The Mosque site is equivalent to around the size of five football fields.

The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque features 82 domes of Moroccan design and all decorated with white marble. It has four beautiful minarets standing at almost 107 metres each at the four corners of the mosque. The domes are decorated with white marble and the interior decoration is made of marble too.

The Mosque has approximately 1,000 columns in its outer areas which are clad with more than 20,000 marble panels inlaid with semi-precious stones, including lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone shell and mother of pearl.

The Mosque’s seven gold-coloured chandeliers are from Germany, and features thousands of Swarovski crystals from Austria and some glasswork from Italy.

The Qibla wall, has the 99 names (qualities) of Allah featured on it.

The main prayer hall features the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet.

Italian white marble and inlaid floral designs adorn the prayer halls,

and the Mosque’s interior walls have decorative gold-glass mosaic features.

And with that we ended our tour and parted our ways, back to our home. My sister and family left for Doha, the next taking away all the good memories and the great time the cousins enjoyed together. And for us it was back to welcome back all the near and dear ones who had came back from their holidays, and to get ready for our vacation too.


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