In Abu Dhabi, relieving each other records, the largest carpet, the largest chandelier and the world's fastest mountain and valley-orbit.The neighboring emirate Dubai also offers the world's tallest building.
Like a giant fluffy meringue tart is on the highway from the airport into the city. In just three years, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque has become Abu Dhabi's biggest attraction - both Muslims and non-believers.
In the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi are being built like never before, just like elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates. One mammoth building after another rises, some seeds are just a flashy, another really beautiful. The latter category included without further capital's new mosque, named after its founder, but is widely known as the Great Mosque.
In the mornings it is also open to non-believers. Perhaps the idea is this to be lured over to the "right" faith. Which is not at all unlikely feels when confronted with this sensuous architectural masterpieces in the whitest Macedonian marble.
The most striking feature is all the colorful flower garlands inlaid with lapis lazuli, agate, amethyst, pearl and gold that adorn the marble colonnades, entry hall and prayer halls. You really are awash with flowers.
In the large room used, with seating for over 7000 prayer, the floor is covered with a huge Persian rug. It is 5627 square meters, making it the world's largest. Its total weight is 47 tons, it contains over 2 million knots and is made of 1200 Iranian weavers.
In the ceiling above the carpet is the next world record - a 15 meter high golden chandelier made of thousands of Austrian Swarowskikristaller. It would not have in my head - it weighs 9 tons.
A total of 28 different kinds of marble used to dress the mosque and its more than eighty thousand domes and pillars.Externally, it is creamy white Sivec from Macedonia and interior marble from Italy, India and China.
As you can see nothing but the best was good enough in the construction of this memorial of a father. And there have been cost - specifically four billion.
In order to digest all those numbers, it may be appropriate to seek the mug, which in itself is so beautiful seen, all dressed in tiles with paradisiacal motifs. There is also a posh tvagningsrum for those who want to be really clean on their feet when they walk around the large room used thick Persian rug.