Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
With construction starting in 1996, the mosque was only completed in December 2007, overall costing two billion dirhams. One of the largest in the world, the mosque attracts millions of visitors from all over the world.
Sheikh Zayed passed away in 2004, however the vision was carried on by his sons. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of Sheikh Zayed, who is buried in the courtyard.
I visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on the 6th May 2016 and I was completely blow away with the beautiful architecture and surroundings. My visit was such a spectacular monument.
On arrival, we went through the short line for security and headed to the underground car park to collect our Abaya’s as you have to cover up completely when entering the mosque.
When we arrived in the early afternoon the queue to collect the traditional Abaya was short, however when we left the queue was at least an hour and a half wait!
TIP – Arrive in the early afternoon to keep the queuing short or cover up completely before visiting and avoid the queues altogether.
The beautiful mosque has more than 80 marble domes and over 1000 pillars. The outside marble is from Greece and interior marbles are from China, Italy and Morocco.
When entering the interior, Don’t Forget to Look Up!
Inside are 24 carat gold chandeliers, the world’s largest hand knotted carpet, and more than 1,000 columns.
The chandelier (pictured above an below) is located in the main prayer hall, one of seven chandeliers that costs more than eight million dollars. It is made up of millions of Swarovski crystals and 24K plated gold; Absolutely beautiful!
As the sun began to set behind the domes, you could help but be mesmerized by the beauty!
Opening Hours – 9am – 10pm daily (apart from Friday mornings, which is for worshippers only)
Entry Fee – Absolutely free!
Photographs – Taking pictures while visiting the mosque is perfectly fine. However, you are unable to use your phone/camera when viewing and walking around the grave of Sheikh Zayed.
Women – you need to be completely covered, including hair!
Cover up completely before visiting or borrow an Abaya for the collection point in the underground car park.
Men – No tank tops and no shorts.
Shoes must be removed before entering inside, so slip on shoes are ideal.
Our visit lasted around three hours, which is plenty of time to soak in the incredible atmosphere and culture. There is even a cafe which sells delicious cakes and a small gift shop with reasonably prices souvenirs.
I completely fell in love, a definite must-see when visit Dubai/Abu Dhabi!
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