A marvel of a mosque, in miniature

Model of the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque unveiled at Legoland Dubai on Tuesday.
The model was unveiled at Legoland Dubai on Tuesday in the presence of Yousif Al Obaidli, the director general of the real mosque, ahead of the Eid holidays next week. Courtesy Dubai Parks and Resorts
The model was unveiled at Legoland Dubai on Tuesday in the presence of Yousif Al Obaidli, the director general of the real mosque, ahead of the Eid holidays next week. Courtesy Dubai Parks and Resorts

DUBAI // With more than 6,300 hours devoted by 30,000 people to building it with 536,292 bricks, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque built in Dubai was the real thing, rather than just a Lego model.

But such is the attention to detail gone into building the 1.3 tonne model, materials were even sourced from countries around the world, including Greece, Italy, Germany, China, India and Morocco.

The model was unveiled at Legoland Dubai on Tuesday in the presence of Yousif Al Obaidli, the director general of the real mosque, ahead of the Eid holidays next week.

“Having a Lego model of the mosque in Legoland Dubai will play a vital role in introducing the mosque as a cultural and tourist destination among the visitors as well as residents,” said Mr Al Obaidli.

Siegfried Boerst, the general manager of Legoland Dubai, said “The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is not only one of the Emirates’ most important sites, but also a reflection of the UAE’s cultural values and natural heritage.”

Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park also announced the launch of an annual pass for those looking to take advantage of the parks’ 60 rides, waterslides attractions and building experiences before they officially open to the public on October 31.

The annual two-park combo pass is priced at Dh995. It can be bought at www.legoland.ae or at www.dubaiparksandresorts.com.

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Published: September 6, 2016 04:00 AM

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