Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nayhan Masjid, Al Ain


Contract Title: The Provision Of Design And Supervision Services For H.H. Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyian Mosque, Al Ain
Client: The Private Department of the President of the United Arab Emirates
Location: Al Ain, UAE
Year: 2015
Area: 197,000 m²
Expertise: Landscape Architecture, Urban Infrastructure
Services: Concept Design, Schematic Design, Detail Design, Tender Documentation, Tender Support, Construction Supervision,



  • Landscape & Garden Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Water Feature & Pool Design
  • Horticultural Studies
  •  Irrigation Design
  • Landscape Lighting
  •  Signage & Wayfinding


  • Roads & Parking Design
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Power Distribution and Lighting
  • Plumbing Systems & Wet Utilities
  • Infrastructure Structural Engineering
  • Stormwater Management & Drainage Systems


ICON developed the landscape design for the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque, an impressive architectural masterpiece and the largest mosque in Al Ain, UAE. The site, which encompasses an archaeological area holding the remains of an early Islamic period mud-brick mosque, offered a unique opportunity to showcase and educate visitors about the historical significance of the location.

The landscape design includes carefully planned and functional landscaped areas that cater to the diverse needs of the visitors while respecting the sanctity of the place. Thoughtfully designed shaded walkways, comfortable seating arrangements, and fragrant plantings create a serene and inviting atmosphere. The intricate ornamental patterns add a touch of elegance and contribute to the spiritual ambiance of the mosque. At the entrance plaza, a captivating 450 m2 water feature serves as a stunning centerpiece, providing a mirror-like reflection that captures the surrounding movement and activity. This water feature not only adds beauty but also helps create a better microclimate, enhancing the comfort of the visitors.

Working closely with the Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MOPA) and a specialist agricultural engineer, ICON ensured that the Islamic Display Gardens featured a diverse selection of plants and botanical species mentioned in different verses of the Quran. This meticulous attention to detail adds depth and meaning to the landscape, creating a serene and spiritually uplifting environment for visitors to connect with their faith and appreciate the beauty of the place.