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Eco-friendly mosque design gets nod
By a staff reporter June 15, 2012
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ABU DHABI: A contemporary eco-friendly mosque designed by Suhail Mohammed Suleiman, a graduating architecture student from ALHOSN University, has been approved for construction by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Abu Dhabi.

The proposal has received the prestigious ‘Five Pearl Rating’ under ‘Estidama’ - the sustainability framework aligned with Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 development plan - from the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council.

Suhail is dedicating the mosque design - his Graduation Project at ALHOSN University - to General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The project involves the building of a mosque and an Islamic centre on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, with the mosque to be made of eco-friendly building material and partly illuminated by natural lighting. Suhail combines sustainable elements with modern design to differentiate from the architecture and design of typical mosques.

His project aims to make the UAE renowned for its modern Islamic spirit and embodies ALHOSN’s philosophy of ‘global knowledge with local vision.’

“Suhail was inspired by the Islamic doctrines of ‘Shahada,’ the declaration of belief, and ‘Tawheed,’ monotheism to come up with a unique design that reflects the bright future of Islamic architecture in the UAE.

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