Posted by: stacey | 2010/01/02

day6

ABU DHABI

Our first van stop this morning was at Sheikh Zayad Mosque in Abu Dhabi…. absolutely infreakingcredible. I may just be in love with a mosque. The structure was finished in 2007 and is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest in the world. It was built in honor of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who was the founding President of the U.A.E. The mosque is almost Taj Mahalesque in it’s magnificence and it just soars into the sky as you approach from the many freeways of the Emirates.

As a women visiting the mosque I had to dress in the traditional Hijab of the Islamic culture in order to go within the building. It was an interesting experience as I am not used to filtering myself and my appearance for modesty. I did struggle a bit internally, feeling confined by the dress… I am not sure my westernized personality could live an everyday life behind so many filters, but I do think it is important to respect the traditions and experiences of the local culture.


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