We already started the work and we hope we will be able to install the chandeliers in around 16 months," Nasser Al Hajeb managing director of Crystal house lights and Gift Company, which won the contract for installing the chandeliers, told City Times.
"We hope we can put these chandeliers in Guinness book as the largest in the world in 2006. We are looking forward to it. We already assigned Faustig, a German company which specialises in designing and manufacturing chandeliers, to work with us for this project. The material using for manufacturing will be 'Strass', the most expensive crystal made by Svarowky in Austria, a leading name in the crystal manufacturing industry in the world," he added. The Department of municipalities and agriculture signed the agreement at the end of last month with Crystal lights which includes seven chandeliers including the gigantic one. The largest chandeliers which will be installed in the main dome of the mosque will be15 metres in height, 10 metres in diameter and will be weigh 9.5 tonnes.
Apart from this, the company will also design six other chandeliers, two of which will be seven metres in diameter and 12 meters in height, three will be 3.5 metres in diameter and 5.5 in height. The last one will be 4.3 metres in diameter and 6.5 in height.
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