Landmarks, monuments and the seven wonders of the world, all of which combine historical leave behinds for the future human world.
They can form the main driver for global travel and tourism, with sightseers longing to experience a cultural spectacle as well as a backdrop for their selfie to share with their facebook check-in.
There are many reasons that defines a landmark, the historical story, political importance, ground-breaking architecture, the world’s first, smallest, tallest, longest… basically anything that makes it stands out against the rest.
We think we’ve seen it all, but what hope does that give for any future landmarks? What will make them iconic from today?
Last month we took a trip to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. An initiative by the late president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His mission – to create a structure that represented the cultural diversity of the Islamic world.
Unlike other world landmarks that are inspired and built using local resources and representing a particular ‘culture’, the grand mosque was constructed from materials (and by people) from across the world. India, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom and New Zealand to name a few.
We had the privilege of visiting during the end of the holy month of Ramadan (Eid al-Fitr), experiencing an aurora of global worshippers congregating to reflect, pray and unite.
No matter of religion or belief, the mosque is welcome to all to experience, which definitely left a lasting impression on us. So much attention to detail was adhered to, from the jewels, patterns and scriptures of the Koran imbedded into the architecture, the smell of incense across the grounds and the meticulous lighting to show the building in all its glory.
Completed in 2007, this is a relatively new landmark compared to other globally known monuments. This may not be part of the seven wonders of the world (yet), but it definitely places itself as a contender.