President of Eastern Uruguay visits Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque


ABU DHABI -- Luis Lacalle Pou, President of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, and the First Lady, Lorena Ponce de Leon, visited Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. He was accompanied by Saeed Al Qamzi, UAE Non-Resident Ambassador to Eastern Uruguay, and Alvaro Siriani, Ambassador of the Republic of Uruguay to the country, and the accompanying delegation that included a number of Uruguayan ministers and senior officials, as part of his official visit to the UAE.

During the visit, Dr. Yousef Al Obaidli, Director-General of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre accompanied them on tour throughout the mosque’s facilities and briefed them about the Visitor Centre and the integrated and varied system of services provided to worshipers and visitors from different cultures of the world. They also learned about the unique experience launched by the Centre called "Tolerance Path", which allows worshippers and visitors from all walks of life to embark on an exceptional journey as they explore a pictorial narrative divided into three sections that depict the mosque’s pioneering achievements in the field of coexistence, tolerance, and establishing channels of cross-cultural communication with different cultures of the world.

The President and the accompanying delegation later toured the mosque’s halls and external corridors and were briefed by one of the Centre’s cultural tour specialists about Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s noble message that underscores notions of coexistence, tolerance, and openness to the cultures, emanating from the nation’s late founder’s rich legacy.

They learned about the mosque’s leading role in highlighting the true essence of the Islamic culture and promoting cross-cultural communication worldwide.

While they were also briefed about the mosque’s history, components, and esthetic features of Islamic art and architecture that manifest in every corner of this grand edifice, which create a mesmerising fusion of various architectural styles from different eras reflecting commonalities amongst cultures and uniting the world through art.

At the end of the visit, the guest was presented with two of the Centre’s distinctive publications.

The first titled "Spaces of Light" showcasing the winning photographs in the "Spaces of Light" photography award, annually organised by the Centre 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 the Islamic history, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre is sponsored and followed up by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

It was established to become a leading cultural centre and hub that enriches the UAE’s intellectual movement stemming from deeply rooted cultural and national values. While it also reflects concepts deeply rooted by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the nation’s sentiment. They also constitute an extension of the Islamic religion’s preaching and the core values that form the UAE’s national identity. []

Source: The Emirates News Agency

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