Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Timings : 9 AM - 9 PM (Saturday - Thursday), Tours: 10 AM, 11 AM and 5 PM Additional tours: 2 PM, 7 PM (Saturday) 5 PM, 7 PM (Friday)

Time Required : 1 - 2 hours

Entry Fee : Free

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi Overview

A majestic structure nestled amid skilfully manicured gardens; Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque serves as an impressive landmark to the beautiful city of Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. This marvel of modern Islamic architecture was built by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the remembrance of his father. A key feature worth noticing is the world's largest loomed carpet in one of the prayer halls, which was completed in two years by a total of 1200 artisans. One can best enjoy the beauty of this structure with 45 to 60 minutes of guided tours (available in English and Arabic) available for Muslims and non-Muslims. Photography of mausoleum is strictly prohibited but all other parts of the mosque can be photographed.

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Tips When Visiting Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

1. Anyone can enter: This is one of the few mosques in the world which allows non-muslim guests to enter.

2. Dress appropriately: Women are required to cover their heads via a headscarf. Abaya's are available on hire outside the mosque in case you need to cover up more.

3. Abaya rentals: These rentals are located in the underground parking lot and you will have to keep any form of identification like your driver's license as a deposit when renting. Do note that they will not take passports as deposits.

4. Visit in time: If you visit in the summers or in the afternoon time, the outside areas of the mosque will be almost impossible to walk around as the floor gets very hot.

5. Refreshments: There is a coffee shop near the north gate so you need not fret about finding refreshments or stocking up on them as you can just purchase them from here.

Architecture of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

An Islamic architecture marvel, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque comprises of 82 domes and created with some 100,000 tons of white Greek and Macedonian marble with its dazzling effect visible even from each of the bridges joining Abu Dhabi to the mainland.
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The intricate floral inlay work is adorned with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone, jasper and mother-of-pearl. The interior of the prayer hall is ornamented with brass, gold and crystal chandeliers filling the room with shafts of primary-coloured lights dazzling the entire building.

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Abdullah Haider 1 year ago
One of the most beautiful mosques I've been to. It's very peaceful and calming, especially in the month of Ramzaan. Try visiting it at night to feel its true beauty as the marble reflects the moonlight. The mosque is named after Sheikh Zayed, one of the founding fathers of modern UAE. The mosque has intricate carvings and jewels in its walls.

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