Models of the landmark site are being showcased at culture spots to spread an inclusive message in the Year of Zayed
Grand tour: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque goes on display across the globe
One of the UAE's most popular attractions is being shared with the world - as miniature versions of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque go on display to help spread a message of inclusion.
Models of the landmark site are taking pride of place at a string of UAE embassies and cultural centres all around the world, in a fitting celebration of the Year of Zayed.
The initiative is symbolic of the UAE's efforts to promote the ideals of inclusion, tolerance and inter-faith dialogue that were championed by the nation's Founding Father.
The scheme has been launched by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.
Models of the mosque are now on display in 19 UAE embassies and cultural foundations.
A delegation of government and faith leaders from the UAE have presented Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the United States, with a model of the mosque, that is now being housed at the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC.
"As we celebrate the Year of Zayed in 2018, it is an honour for the Embassy to display this inspiring testament to Sheikh Zayed’s legacy. I'd like to express my sincere thanks to all those behind the initiative which helps promote the shared principles of tolerance and inclusion cultivated by the Founding Father and adopted by the UAE," said Ambassador Al Otaiba.
"The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque reflects the UAE’s commitment to the spirit of diversity in culture, thought and civilisation that Sheikh Zayed valued," said Dr. Yousif Al Obaidli, director general of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre.
"The initiative adds to the efforts made to reflect and immortalise the principles valued by the Founding Father, which he inspired from the moderate teachings of Islam, a religion that calls for inculcating the concepts of peaceful co-existence, tolerance, and cultural pluralism."
The mosque, which opened in 2007, receives around five million tourists and worshippers every year. It was ranked second in the World Category of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Landmarks in 2017.