Our family went for Iftar the other day at Sheik Zayed Mosque. This is probably Abu Dhabi’s most famous landmark, and deservedly so – it’s an amazing building, only opened about 18 months ago, which is the second largest mosque in the world, holding approximately 40,000 worshipers. It’s also one of the only mosques in the country which is open to non-muslims. These first two shots are from the car as we were driving up. I’ve read that the mosque caters iftar for 15,000 people daily during Ramadan. I can believe it – there were bus loads of people being dropped at the gates and making their way to one of the iftar areas.Most people had iftar inside tents (of which I think there were about 15) but the latecomers had to sit on matting laid outside – on the day we went the women and children were also outside and I actually really liked that as you got to experience that the prayer was called right as the sun dipped over the horizon – plus it was a lovely orangey sunset. We all got a box with dates, an apple, chicken and rice with salad, and then several drinks and a yoghurt. Many of the mosques around town have tents set up providing iftar meals too. It’s a month of community, charity and giving.Here’s Saffy breaking her fast… as foreigners here in the U.A.E. we’re not obliged to fast (and of course children don’t have to) but during Ramadan we’re not able to indulge in any of the haram, or forbidden activities which of course includes eating and drinking, smoking, kissing or intimacy with your spouse whilst in public during fasting hours. After iftar we went for a wander around the outside of the mosque. Non muslims aren’t allowed in during prayer times, and it being Ramadan prayers stretch all night long from dusk till dawn again so these are only external pictures.
I really wished I’d brought my tripod but sometimes being a Mummy and juggling 2 kids and a camera you just can’t carry any more! (T was there with us but of course had to eat his iftar seperately). It’s just such a stunning building…. one last look….
Thanks for the comments on my Ramadan pictures – I’m really enjoying my little personal project and making myself get out there and take photos of what life in Abu Dhabi is like, and iftar at the mosque was certainly an experience not to be missed.
until next time, Kirsty x
Catherine - What a lovely way to start my Friday – looking at these pics. I can see the Edinburgh mosque from my office window, but it is plain, in comparison to this, which is just stunning 🙂
Tracy - Wish we’d come with you. The photos are awesome! The last 4 are just beautiful.
~SarahInParis~ - Kirsty they are stunning photos. And hey you didn’t need the tripod the images are just perfect how they are. So fabulous to get an insight into Middle Eastern life. Keep sharing pretty please.
KLC - Hi, I was sent to your blog by a friend – we’re possibly moving to Abu Dhabi and she thought some of your pictures might give me a bit of insight into life there. These are really inspiring and I’m feeling quite excited about a possible move now which is great.
Vinita - These are totally stunning Kirsty!and without a tripod!amazing!
Sarah - Your photos are mind-blowingly gorgeous. What a beautiful place you live in.
Natalie - These are beautiful images! The colours are stunning! So nice to learn a bit about the culture there too. and I can’t believe you didn’t use a tripod! 🙂
Steph - kirsty….just loved all of these photographs and learning through your eyes…thank you for sharing! BEAUTIFUL 🙂
Suze - Kirsty I am so loving your personal project! These are stunning images! Thanks for sharing this experience with us! 🙂
Syed Farhat Abas Rizvi - Sheikh Zayed Mosque is very beautiful mosque in the world’s other mosque.But I didn’t saw other country mosque in live.I see this mosque in live so I like it very mush.I want to do prise this pics photographer “Kirsty Larmour” is very nice and soft photographer.Thanks