Abu Dhabi: Ms. Hadja Lahbib, the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs, Foreign Trade, and Federal Cultural Institutions, has visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (SZGM).
The Belgian minister and her group started their tour by paying respects at the burial site of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. They reflected on the Founding Father’s wisdom, which promoted tolerance and peaceful coexistence among nations worldwide. Mr. Youssef Al Obaidli, the Director General of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, accompanied them.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is situated in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. It’s the largest mosque in the country and serves as the primary place of worship for daily prayers.
The Belgian minister toured the mosque and was briefed about its halls and external corridors. During the tour, they were briefed about the mosque’s noble message that highlights notions of coexistence, tolerance, and openness to other cultures, inspired by the nation’s late founder’s rich legacy, and about the mosque’s leading role in highlighting the Islamic culture’s true essence and promoting cross-cultural communication worldwide.
At the end of the visit, the guest was presented with two of the center’s distinctive publications. The first was titled “Spaces of Light,” showcasing the winning photographs in the “Spaces of Light” photography award, annually organized by the Center in celebration of the scenic aesthetics and visual culture of the mosque, and another copy of a book titled “Houses of God” about places of worship in Islamic history.