• Capabilities: Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Master Planning and Sustainable Urban Development, Architectural Design
  • Sectors: Commercial Developers

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - It exemplifies the timelessness of certain Arab and Islamic architectural forms, as well as bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary structures. Arcadis' talent lies in design and architecture, particularly pertaining to Arab and Islamic design and art.

40,000

PEOPLE CAPACITY

83

METERS IN HEIGHT
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque

Bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary structures

The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, named after the former ruler of the United Arab Emirates is, situated at the entrance of Abu Dhabi.

“This ornamental structure is the third largest mosque in the world accommodating 40,000 people and occupying a total site area of more than 72,000 square metres. It exemplifies the timelessness of certain Arab and Islamic architectural forms, as well as bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary structures.”

The structure, consisting of 215,000 cubic metres of concrete and 33,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement was completed in January 2003. It covers 22,500 square metres of foot print area. The main body of the building features the biggest dome in the world, rising to a height of 83 metres. Under phase II of the project development, Arcadis was commissioned by Abu Dhabi Municipalities and Agriculture Department Works to rectify and enhance the previous MEP  design and support the engineering works for architectural lighting supplied by speirs and major.

Sheikh Zayed mosque at Abu Dhabi, UAE

At the end of January 2004, Arcadis initiated the re-designing of the MEP finishes to enhance the overall aesthetic appearance, with the objective of improving efficiency and performance for the entire complex. 

Arcadis utilised a technique called computational fluid dynamics, (CFD) modeling to perform a theoretical analysis of the airflow patterns within the main prayer hall. The results of the CFD analysis were used to design the air distribution systems. Design supervision for the MEP and architectural lighting has also been provided to ensure that the work undertaken by the contractor is aligned with the approved designs and specifications.

The main challenge on the project was to create a building that was aesthetically pleasing and provided the 40,000 visitors with efficient and comfortable surroundings in which to pray.

Outcomes

40,000

PEOPLE CAPACITY

83

METERS IN HEIGHT

82

DOMES

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