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Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Mosque to hit the small screen

First National Geographic doc about the national icon due later this month.

Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Mosque to hit the small screen
UAE ICON: The Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan Grand Mosque. (Getty Images)

A documentary about Abu Dhabi’s religious gem, the Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan Grand Mosque, will be broadcast to audiences in the Middle East and North Africa region later this month.

The mosque [
click here to see video of the Sheikh Zayed mosque

], which is the world's third largest and took more than 12 years to construct, is a national icon and has attracted worldwide media attention.

The show is the first regional documentary within just eight months of the launch of National Geographic Abu Dhabi. It will be broadcast on March 26, at 9pm to MENA audiences before a worldwide release, a statement by the company said on Tuesday.

“What makes this occasion special is that we have the opportunity to showcase it to the region before it is aired anywhere else in the world,” said Karim Sarkis, executive director – Broadcast Group, Abu Dhabi Media Company.

The documentary will also be broadcast on Abu Dhabi Al Emarat channel. It was directed by award-winning Australian director Peter Lamb and filmed over three years and during 10 visits to the mosque.

“Our personal magic moment came when we first saw the main prayer hall begin to empty of scaffolding and we finally realised just how magnificent it was. It was pure pleasure to document this,” Lamb said.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the vision of the former President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who died in November 2004.

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FYI - It's not the third largest mosque in the world, the mosques of Mughal India and Pakistan are bigger.