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Opened in 2007, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is Abu Dhabi's largest place of worship and the modern center of the city's religious life. Here's a little history worth knowing before your visit.
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the man credited with uniting the emirates in 1971. He died in 2004, and was buried in the mosque's courtyard.
Sheikh Zayed was known as a tolerant leader. He saw the mosque as a unifying force and commissioned artisans and materials from across the globe to better realize his vision.
Built in Germany with Austrian crystals and Italian glasswork. The mosque also boasts the world's largest carpet. It was created by 1,300 Iranian artisans and weighs 35 tons!
7,000 worshippers can fit inside the main prayer hall, but the mosque accommodates over 40,000 every Eid. But that's a far cry from Mecca's Masjid al-Haram, which can host 4 million!
While visiting in 2013, the singer dressed more conservatively than ever, but her pouting and posing for photographs was deemed "disrespectful" by staff and she was asked to leave.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is open until 10:00PM every day (last entry at 9:30PM) and is a must-see at night. It opens at 9:00AM from Saturday to Thursday. Fridays are closed to non-worshippers during Jumma time, but open to tourists from 4:30PM. The mosque runs its own walk-in tours at 10:00AM, 11:00AM and 5:00PM from Sunday to Thursday, 5:00PM and 7:00PM on Fridays, and 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 5:00PM, and 7:00PM on Saturdays.
Entrance to the mosque is free. Walking tours are also free and last from 45 minutes to an hour.
In accordance with Islamic customs, visitors are required to wear long, loose-fitting, and opaque clothing. Legs (at least to the ankles) and shoulders must be covered. Visitors failing to dress accordingly will be refused entry.
- When to visitMake the most of the coolest period of the year, between November and February!
- What is the price?Entry is free of charge.
- Will I need a guide?It's advisable, so that you can maximize your visit by learning all about the mosque's unique cultural concept! Tours can be booked in advance or joined on the day.
- How to get thereTaxis in Abu Dhabi are affordable, so don't hesitate to use one to get to the mosque directly.
- Additional tips*During the month of Ramadan, please note that the mosque is open from Saturdays to Thursdays from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.
What People Are Saying About Sheikh Zayed Mosque
very happy, food was amazing at the palace, amazing pics. must do!!!! great guide
We did like the day trip to Abu Dhabi a lot. Our guide (Adnan) was very nice, friendly and funny. We did enjoy it a lot. The only draw back was the pick up. We had been waiting for an hour at the lobby and we were afraid that no one was going to come. We had to phone twice to the agency, spending a lot of money for the phone call for an abroad call. For the rest the experience was very nice. Valentina.
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The tour was very informative and we got to know a few things about UAE's culture thanks to our guide. It seemed rather short although everyone was already tired at the end of it.
Our tour guide Hakim was really helpful, kind and nice to us!He gave us many useful information about the tour ,the place,the UAE in general!!The tour was very nice we saw many places in just like 1 day!The mosque was an amazing experience.I would recommend to anyone this tour.