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Al Ain Zoo and Sheikh Zayed Mosque

After visiting Abu Dabhi Zoo, I headed to Al Ain also called the green city which is around 150 kms from Abu Dabhi. A 3 hour comfortable ride took me to the bus stand from where I was supposed to catch another bus to the zoo. Myself and another guy who also was heading to the zoo, asked the bus driver to notify us when we get to the zoo, which for some reason he forgot. Instead of going to the zoo, we landed at a mosque !!. The Jebel hafeet mountain range was visible from here and as we had some time I wandered around the place taking photos.

Jabel Hafeet Mountain Range

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Once the photo shoot was over we headed back to the bus and this time the driver promised us he would inform us once we get to the zoo which he promptly did. The zoo was just round the corner from the bus stop and we reached the gates pretty soon. Paying the entry fee of 2o AED we headed inside.

The Al-Ain zoo is much larger compared to the Abu Dabhi zoo. The animals are kept in open enclosures and though glass protects the people, one can still get an up close view of the animals. The zoo is also categorized into diff sections and upon request at the entrance a zoo map is provided which shows all the animal / bird locations in the zoo.

The zoo being much larger took us about 4 hours to cover everything. The zoo has everything from lions, gorilla, birds, penguins and other animals

Al Ain Zoo

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IMG_6866_resizeWith the zoo visit complete it was time to head back to the bus stand. Enroute i asked the taxi driver about the other attractions such as the museum and the fort which I was told were not too interesting. Due to time constraints, these could not visited

The next place to visit after coming back to Abu Dabhi was the sheikh zayed grand mosque which I visited the next day.

Sheikh Zayed mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world and is an impressive feat of architecture.

This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.

Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Interior of the mosque

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IMG_6893_resizeSpending some time at the mosque i headed back to the hotel

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Name: Subbu Interests : Trekking,travelling Hobbies: Photography

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