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The Sheikha Salama Mosque (Arabic: مَسْجِد ٱلشَّيْخَة سَلَامَة‎, romanizedMasjid Ash-Shaykhah Salāmah) is a mosque in the city of Al Ain, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Currently the largest mosque in use in the city,[1] its status is meant to be replaced by the under-construction Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque.[4][5] It is named after Sheikhah Salamah, mother of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the father of Sheikh Khalifa.[3]

Sheikha Salama Mosque[1][2]
Arabic: مَسْجِد ٱلشَّيْخَة سَلَامَة‎, romanizedMasjid Ash-Shaykhah Salāmah
Sheikha Salama mosque - Alain.jpg
The mosque with the city's skyline and Jabal An-Naqfah (middle) and Jebel Hafeet in the background
LocationAl Ain, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the U.A.E.
Sheikha Salama Mosque is located in United Arab Emirates
Sheikha Salama Mosque
Location in the United Arab Emirates
Geographic coordinates24°13′22″N 55°45′59″E / 24.22278°N 55.76639°E / 24.22278; 55.76639Coordinates: 24°13′22″N 55°45′59″E / 24.22278°N 55.76639°E / 24.22278; 55.76639
Architect(s)Ja'afar Touqan[2]
StyleMixed ancient and modern, partly Moroccan[3]
CapacityAbout 4800[2]


The mosque had an old structure which was demolished in 2007.[3]

The current structure of the mosque, which was designed by architect Ja'afar Touqan from Jordan, is a blend of ancient and modern architecture, with two minarets which are influenced by Moroccan Islamic architecture.[3] It occupies an area of 35,873 square metres (386,130 sq ft), and can accommodate more than 3000 worshipers, according to Gulf News. The design includes an extra 1000 car parking spaces for "future needs."[2]

2017 Saudi AwardEdit

This mosque won the Saudi Arabian award for architecture in 2017.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Sheikha Salama Mosque", APG, retrieved 2018-04-01
  2. ^ a b c d Kazmi, Aftab (2011-05-21). "Mosque adds charm to Al Ain skyline". Gulf News. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  3. ^ a b c d The Rough Guide to Dubai. Rough Guides UK. Penguin. 2016-11-15. p. 266. ISBN 0-2412-9865-2.
  4. ^ Leech, N. (2017-03-06). "Magical history tour of Al Ain". The National. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  5. ^ Abdul Kader, B. (2014-10-31). "Al Ain to have one of the largest mosques in UAE". Gulf News. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  6. ^ "Al Ain mosque honoured with architecture award". The National. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2018-04-02.

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