Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

LASA marble for a new fairy tale from 1001 Nights

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, planned and built from 1996 to 2007, is one of the largest mosques in the world and, as a modern wonder of the Arab-Islamic world, also an architectural masterpiece. Due to the quantities required, over thirty different types of precious marble were used to cover an area of almost 22,412 m2 (241,240.76 sq ft). For the wall and floor cladding in the large house of prayer and the associated entrance halls, the clients and planners opted for two exclusive commercial varieties of LASA MARMO: LASA BIANCO CLASSICO® and LASA BIANCO ORTLES®. These two varieties of marble, extracted from the Lasa (Laas) White-Water quarry, were the only ones among all the marble varieties selected worldwide to meet the special requirements for polished, sandblasted and bush-hammered surfaces with a uniform basic tone. LASA MARMO supplied 20,000 m2 (215,278.21 sq. ft) for the installation. Furthermore, more than 27,000 m3 (953,496 ft3) of LASA marble were processed into solid parts for design elements.

Project Information

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2006-2008

Product:Wall covering inside Lasa Bianco Ortles, floors in Lasa Bianco Ortles
Volume:15.000 m2
Surface:Wall covering inside polished, sandblasted and bush hammered, floors polished and honed
Architect:Yusef Abdelki
Photos:Susanne Bley and Eberhard Vestweber

LASA Bianco Classico™®LASA Bianco Ortles™®