The Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque center extends the deadline for community participation in HAJJ : Memories of a journey exhibition

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  • Open-call for the submission of souvenirs from Mecca in the Exhibition extended

Abu Dhabi, July 22nd 2017: The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center (SZGMC) extends the open-call for submissions of souvenirs from Mecca by the community of Abu Dhabi in the upcoming exhibition, Hajj: Memories of a Journey. The exhibition, organised by the Center in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), will include a gallery dedicated to the vital keepsakes and sentiments tied to the stories and memories created by the millions throughout the Muslim world, by showcasing live souvenirs and gifts that people have collected during their own Hajj journeys, or that they were gifted by family and friends upon their arrival from Mecca. Submission of souvenirs to be exhibited as part of Hajj: Memories of a Journey is open until the 17th of August, 2017. For those wishing to participate in Hajj: Memories of a Journey, please contact, or call Maitha Al Mansoori from TCA Abu Dhabi on +971 2 599 5267. Deadline for submission of souvenirs is 3rd August, 2017.

Many pilgrims bring home a souvenir from Hajj to commemorate their journey, and buy gifts for friends and family from Mecca and Medina’s many markets and shops, where these objects often take pride of place in the recipients’ homes and are among the most precious objects that a Muslim owns. Correspondingly, the Hajj exhibition seeks to capture this sentiment through displaying live souvenirs from pilgrims, and accentuate a gallery dedicated to this enduring tradition.

Opening on the 20th of September, 2017, Hajj: Memories of a Journey will be held on the grounds of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most prominent and leading landmarks of cultural and intellectual exchange in the UAE. Coinciding with SZGMC’s 10th anniversary, the exhibition will reflect on the first prayer congregation held at the Mosque in 2007, the Eid al-Adha prayer, which in turn highlights the association of the fifth pillar of Islam with the memory of its establishment, as a true testament of what this great edifice signifies.

Telling the story of Mecca, and the rituals of Hajj as one of the five fundamental pillars and practices in Islam, Hajj: Memories of a Journey will bring to life the history of the sacred city and will depict the profound significance of the practices performed within it, whilst underlining the evident attributes of tolerance, equality and the vast diversity to be found in Islam.

These attributes have inspired the open call for the public to participate in Hajj: Memories of a Journey, by contributing their personal souvenirs and the accompanying memories, which will further enrich the exhibition and add a new dimension to the importance of Hajj and its impact on every Muslim’s life around the world.


The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, under the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, is sponsored and monitored by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and was established to be the Center of the cultural and intellectual movement focused around the Mosque. Its vision and mission was created from the cultural and national values preserved and nurtured by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul). These cultural values are still deeply-rooted in the consciousness of the people and are an extension of the national identity inspired by the teachings of the Nation’s religion.


Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programs relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. TCA Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Authority is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.


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