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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Arabian Sand Sculptures Take Over Sydney

unnamed (3)World-leading sand sculptor Dennis Massoud has re-created some of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic landmarks at Sydney’s Darling Harbour over the weekend.

Massoud, who has spent over 20 years creating sand sculptures across the world, spent three days constructing a magnificent recreation of the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace and the Al Jahili Fort. 

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“Abu Dhabi has so many magnificent and opulent buildings that it was hard from me to narrow down exactly what sculptures I wanted to create,” said Massoud.

“I ended up deciding on the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace and Al Jahili Fort as they are true icons in Abu Dhabi and are a great representation of the opulence, beauty and rich heritage that the emirate embodies,” he concluded.

The sculptures, which required 5 tons of sand and reached up to 2 metres high, were part of a family-fun weekend hosted by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. The event, titled Abu Dhabi Oasis, was held in celebration of local Emirati culture and cuisine and featured camel rides, an Arabian band, henna tattooing and calligraphy, as well as a number of exotic treats for all the family.
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