Modi Bowled Over By Zayed Grand Mosque

ABU DHABI — With terror and investments high on his agenda for talks with the UAE leadership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today began his two-day trip to this strategic Gulf nation with a visit to the historic Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, the world’s third largest, reported PTI.

Within hours of his arrival in the UAE’s capital, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 34 years, Modi went around the mosque’s 180,000 sq ft courtyard, with its exquisite floral design. It is considered to be the largest example of marble mosaic in the world.

The Prime Minister, wearing a cream-coloured kurta with a white and orange stole, went around the mosque built at an estimated cost of USD 545 million, evincing interest at the imposing 82 domes in seven sizes located inside the worshipping place.

“I am delighted to visit this magnificent place of worship, strikes with its size and beauty. It brings together requisite skills and creation from around the world and serves as a fine example of human achievement and unity. I am confident that it will be a symbol of peace, piety, harmony and inclusiveness that are inherent to the faith of Islam,” Modi wrote on the visitor’s book.

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