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The Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

Technical Details

Project: Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque

Sector: Worship Hall

Client: Speirs and Major Associates (SaMA)

Key Element:

  • System Integration
  • Dynamic Architectural Lighting
  • Equipment Supply & Installaton
  • Programming


UAE: Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque (also known as the Grand Mosque) has been awarded two more awards for its lighting design. US trade body ESTA named ETC and Martin Professional winners of the prestigious Rock Our World Awards which recognise outstanding, innovative achievements by ESTA members. Only a few weeks earlier, the Germany-based Professional Lighting Designers’ Association presented the Grand Mosque with a Recognition Award for Best New Project. Other awards bestowed on the Grand Mosque in the past have included the IALD Award of MeritIES Award of Excellence and two Middle East Lighting Design Awards for Project of the Year and Best Public Building Lighting Project.

With lighting designed by Speirs and Major Associates (SaMA), over 1,200 fixtures – including ETC Source Four luminaires – are controlled by 21 ETC Congo Light Servers and 15 ETC Unisonprocessors supplied by Oasis Enterprises. Seventeen custom-built equipment racks and 52 customised dimming racks contain almost 2,300 circuits – Relays, SCR- and ETC Matrix Mk II SineWave dimming – that are controlled via 276 ETCNet3 DMX/RDM Gateways.

The lighting for the Grand Mosque has been designed to mimic the phases of the moon, so at a full moon, the building is white, and for the new moon it is blue; every day there is a change. In addition to the color change sequence, ‘clouds’ glide across the building as though they were moving from west to east, clearing from Mecca. This was achieved using a series of building-mounted and totem-mounted rigs 65 feet off the face of the building, from which light is projected.