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JAKARTA: Senior Emirati officers have damaged new floor for a duplicate of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Indonesia.
The mosque will likely be inbuilt Solo, in central Java province, the birthplace of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
The reproduction of the most important mosque within the United Arab Emirates was offered to Widodo in the course of the go to of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to Jakarta in July 2019.
The Crown Prince’s go to to Indonesia was the primary by an Emirati chief since that of his father Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan in 1990.
On the Emirati facet, the inauguration ceremony was attended by the Minister of Vitality and Infrastructure, Suhail Al-Mazroui, and the President of the Normal Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Mr. Mohammed Al-Kaabi.
On the Indonesian facet, Minister of Non secular Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, Minister of Public Enterprises Erick Thohir and Solo Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka, who’s Widodo’s eldest son, attended.
“The mosque will likely be nearly 100% much like the one in Abu Dhabi, however it can additionally incorporate Indonesian ornaments and maximize the usage of native supplies,” Husin Bagis, Indonesian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, mentioned on Sunday.
The mosque, which will likely be constructed on 3 hectares of land, will characteristic 4 minarets, with the principle dome surrounded by smaller domes. Will probably be capable of accommodate round 10,000 trustworthy.
The ambassador mentioned it may turn out to be a significant non secular tourism vacation spot within the predominantly Muslim Southeast Asian nation. “Now, worshipers can come to Solo to marvel on the splendor of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque,” he added.
The $ 20 million mosque mission is predicted to be able to welcome worshipers in September 2022.
The development is absolutely funded by the United Arab Emirates, Qoumas mentioned on the groundbreaking ceremony.
“The mosque, which has up to date historic worth, will likely be devoted to all Muslims and will likely be managed by the Indonesian authorities,” he added.
The mosque compound will embrace an Islamic heart chargeable for delivering UAE-sponsored coaching to clerics to advertise non secular moderation.
The inauguration ceremony capped a sequence of occasions as a part of the Superb Indonesia-Emirati Week in Jakarta, Solo, Bandung and Surabaya, which kicked off on March 1 and noticed the signing of a variety of agreements .
The go to of Al-Mazroui and his delegation follows $ 22.9 billion in funding agreements with the United Arab Emirates signed by Widodo throughout his go to to Abu Dhabi in January 2019.
The agreements, which cowl vitality, infrastructure, protection and mining, are thought-about the most important international funding in Indonesia’s historical past and a significant advance in its ties with the Gulf state.
In October 2020, one of many roads in Abu Dhabi’s diplomatic quarters was renamed President Joko Widodo Road.
The Indonesian Ambassador mentioned: “Following the development of the Grand Mosque in Solo, the UAE may even construct a mosque bearing the title of President Widodo on a location close to President Joko Widodo Road.