The Grand Mosque


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Named after His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE, the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi was opened late in 2007. Winning best interior lighting design in the Public Building Category of the 2008 Middle East Lighting Design Awards, Speirs and Major Associates were also awarded 'Middle East Project of the Year' for their stunning design.

In the central hall the Qibla prayer wall was decorated with Islamic floral designs and gold mosaics. Crescent Lighting worked closely with Speirs and Major Associates to provide a fibre optic lighting system to do justice to the design.

More than 2000 metres of BPAK150 optical cable were used, powered by CREAD068 projectors. The side emitting fibre optic cable mimics the designs cut into the marble cladding. The cable is fixed behind the marble and throws light onto white reflector behind making the design seem to 'glow'.

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