Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the most famous attractions in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. One of the world’s largest mosques and a massive architectural work of art that intentionally blends different Islamic architecture, it is the key place of worship for daily prayers, Friday gathering and Eid prayers. During Eid, it may be visited by more than 41,000 people.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi was commissioned by and named after, the first president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He built this mosque to convey historic consequence and to embody the Islamic message of peace, tolerance and diversity. He intended that the Grand Mosque be a living reference of modern Islamic architecture that links the past with the present and creates a place of Islamic science and learning that would reflect genuine Islamic values.
Abu Dhabi Mosque features 82 domes, more than 1,000 columns, 24-carat-gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers with all these features it’s a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture and design. It cost in excess of $545 million to complete.
Time to visit & Entry
It’s completely free to enter so don’t miss to visit this beautiful grand mosque when you are in the UAE!
The mosque is open to visitors from 9 am to 10 pm, Saturday to Thursday, except Fridays, where the mosque (non-worshipers) is open from 4:30 pm to 10 pm.
Last entry time at 09:30 PM on all days. During holy Ramadan month, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday to Thursday and fully closed for Friday. Last entry time at 1:30 pm.
Dress Code & behaviour
- No smoking, eating or drinking inside the mosque area.
- 2 Footwear must be removed before entering so it is recommended that visitors wear comfortable shoes that are easily removed.
Dress code for men:
- Dress code for men is long-sleeve shirts, long trousers, no shorts. White dishdashas are available for men who are inappropriately dressed.
Dress code for women:
- Dress code for women is long trousers or skirts, long-sleeve shirts or tops, nothing tight, headscarf (important).
- Black abayas are provided to visiting females.
- Women asked to keep covered their hair, bodies and legs while in the mosque grounds, although covering the face is not a must.
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