Italian artisans in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The task of completing the interiors of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque was challenging and unique. Being a European company not familiar with the bureaucracy and requirements of the country, our management was required to be legally established in Abu Dhabi exclusively for the Grand Mosque project. This was an exceptional commission in the sense that each work completed for the Grand Mosque had its own special meaning, using distinct different materials created through separate processes. The work evolved to become one of the most exquisite masterpieces Fantini Mosaici has created in over a century of activity.
The marble and glass mosaic pattern for the Grand Mosque was handmade by our best artisans in Italy. The production of the marble, coming from a single Italian quarry, required more than twenty companies all over Italy working with high technology machines. Fantini Mosaici managed the Grand Mosque project with a partner company for the production and another one for local logistics. The delicate patterns and exquisite selection of colours were carefully chosen to match the sophistication and elegance of this new building.
In Abu Dhabi, Fantini Mosaici employed almost seven hundred people in a joint venture with a local company, using materials imported from Italy. Workers from India, China, Pakistan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and other Asian countries, became part of the multicultural team employed on the site. A team of Italians was based in Abu Dhabi for the whole period to manage the Grand Mosque project from start to finish.