Two UAE landmarks have found place in TripAdvisor’s 2017 list of top 25 world landmarks.
Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has been ranked as the world’s second most favourite landmark, while Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is placed 22nd on the list, according to the travel booking and planning website.
Ahmed Juma Al Za'abi, deputy minister for presidential affairs and chairman of the board of trustees of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in a statement, said: “Achieving second place for two years in a row, as one of most significant architectural monuments in the world, culminates the tremendous efforts and exceptional services the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque offers to visitors from all walks of life.”
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque opened for worship in 2007, after work commenced on it during the nineties. The mosque features four minarets and eighty-two domes, representing different Islamic styles. It is well known for its diverse Islamic architecture and pure white colour.
White marble clads the external walls and columns and features relief carving of verses from Holy Quran and Islamic ornamentation, according to its official website. The mosque can accommodate more than 40,000 worshippers; 10,000 in the internal areas and 30,000 in the external areas.
Total visitors in 2016 reached 5,209,801, of which 1,448,394 were worshippers, 2,807,556 visitors, and 872,070 Ramadan Iftar guests, said Yosuf Abdullah Alobaidli, director general of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre.
Burj Khalifa, placed 22dn on the list, is the tallest tower in the world, with TravelAdvisor stating, “Seeing it rise into the heavens above the skyline is a sight to behold. Truly a feat of modern engineering and architecture.”
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, took the top spot in the Top 25 Landmarks — World category.
Last week, the travel site announced the winners of “travellers’ choice awards for landmarks”, as it honoured 706 landmarks in 82 countries. Winners were determined using an algorithm which took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, took the first place in the Top 25 landmark world list, as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque beat world-renowned landmarks such as St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City (4th); Taj Mahal, India (5th); Peru’s Machu Picchu (8th); the Eiffel Tower (13th) and the Sydney Opera House (25th).
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