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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 20 July 2018

Visitors from around the world flock to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque during Ramadan

The mosque is the third largest in the world 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Leslie Pableo for The National
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Leslie Pableo for The National

More than 1.2 million people from around the world visited Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque during Ramadan.

Up to 854,090 Muslims broke their fast at the mosque, while 289,921 participated in prayers, and a further 107,608 visitors were welcomed by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre administration throughout the holy month.

The mosque installed dozens of large portable air conditioning systems and large red carpets in the central courtyard to accommodate the influx of worshippers and visitors.

Imams Sheikh Idrees Abkar and Sheikh Yahia Ayshan took turns leading Ishaa and Taraweeh prayers that brought together around 110,158 worshippers, as well as Tahjud prayers, which attracted around 109,388 people who were offered nightly lectures on different subjects related to the culture and ethics of Ramadan, primarily the values of tolerance, peaceful co-existence, compassion and mercy.

"Since its establishment, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has been enjoying the full support of the UAE's wise leadership, and it is this backing we receive from our leaders that has turned the mosque to a favoured destination for fasting Muslims and worshippers from different nationalities and cultures, including men, women and families," said Dr Yousef Al Obaidly, director, general of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre.

Opening in late 2007, the mosque receives around five million tourists and worshippers annually. It was ranked second in the World Category of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Landmarks, 2017.

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Thousands of people break the first fast of Ramadan at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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