HH Sheikh Mansour opens souk at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre
The project - including a visitor centre and a souk - is located on a total area of 110,000m2, with 55,000m2 of construction area
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has opened a visitor centre and the 'Souk Al Jami' at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre.
The project is located on a total area of 110,000m2, with a construction area of approximately 55,000m2.
An average of 1,700 workers participated in the construction of the building each day, with the number increasing to approximately 2,000 workers during the peak period of construction, according to state-news agency, Wam.
The building that houses the centre and mosque features two glass domes that operate as entrance and exit gates, and provide natural lighting during the day. The design of the two domes mimics the design and engineering of the mosque’s glass domes.
Sheikh Mansour, who toured the souk to view its various facilities and the services it provides to visitors of many nationalities, stated that the establishment of the centre and market will consolidate the UAE’s leading international cultural and tourism stature, as well as highlight its pioneering role in spreading the values of peaceful coexistence and human dialogue between different cultures.
The opening was attended by Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Minister of the Federal Supreme Council at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Abdurrahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre (SZGMC); as well as and Dr Youssef Al Obaidly, the Director-General of SZGMC.