Potters Bar pupils experience trip of a lifetime

The Mount Grace pupils at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Picture: Mount Grace.

The Mount Grace pupils at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Picture: Mount Grace.

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A group of Potters Bar youngsters have been on an adventure of a lifetime thanks to their school.

Bollywood Studio. Picture: Mount Grace. Bollywood Studio. Picture: Mount Grace.

Mount Grace School took a group of 39 pupils to Dubai on a cultural trip during February half term.

This is the tenth year that the trip has been organised and over 400 students have benefited from the experience.

One of the most moving moments they experienced was when they visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the largest mosque in the country which can accommodate over 40,000 worshippers.

There are over 1,000 columns and 82 domes, 24 carat gold gilded crystal chandeliers and the largest hand-knotted carpet in the world in the main prayer room.

The mosque also features marble floors throughout and reflective pools.

Female pupils wore abayas as a mark of respect to the Muslim faith.

Other activities they enjoyed included a yacht cruise, a visit to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, a day at the Jumeirah Beach resort, the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Island, Dubai Mall, the Bollywood Studios as well as a desert safari.

A spokesperson for the school said: “The students had a fantastic time and were a credit to the school. They and their parents are very grateful to Mr Bhura who organised the trip.”

Pupil Loucia Harris described it as a “beautiful experience”.

Mia and Demi Colclough said: “It was an experience of a lifetime – we loved it!”

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