After our amazing short trip in Dubai, it’s time to have a long drive back to Saudi Arabia. We decided to pay a quick visit to Abu Dhabi’s iconic landmark – the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It’s one of the most grand yet elegant structures I’ve seen. The architecture and interior design created such beauty that would definitely last a lifetime.
The mosque is open daily for visitors from 9am to 10pm except for Friday (worship day). Don’t worry if your only available time to visit is Friday. The mosque still opens for vistors but only from 4:30pm to 10pm.
During Ramadan, the mosque is open daily from 9am to 2pm except for Friday.
Last entry is 30 minutes before closing hour.
Entrance is free and the mosque is open for everyone no matter what your religion is. There are also free guided tours during certain hours. Make sure to visit their official website for updates.
Dress Code and Rules
A mosque is a sacred place for Muslims so make sure to dress modestly and conservatively. Make sure your hair and body is fully covered up to your wrist and ankle. You can borrow abaya for free at the entrance. If you’d like to flaunt your own fashion and style, don’t wear sheer and fit clothing so you’ll be able to pass through the strict entrance without any questions.
Important rules to keep in mind when inside are no public display of affection, no holding hands even for married couples, keep it quiet, avoid inappropriate posing, for short keep it candid, don’t lie on the floor and soak up the Arabian sun. Don’t be a Rihanna when in Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
Five Interesting Facts
- Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the largest mosque in UAE.
- Natural materials mainly gold, crystals, semi precious stones and precious stones were used in the construction of the mosque. No wonder the flooring was cool even at noon. The temperature was around 42 degrees during our visit.
- Sheikh Zayed Mosque has the largest handmade carpet in the world and it is located in the main prayer hall.
- Once we entered the main prayer hall, it’s not the largest carpet that caught my attention nor the fact that the room was airconditioned (it was very hot during that day), but the huge chandelier that’s oozing with swarovski crystals! The seven chandeliers inside the mosque consist of millions of swarovski crystals and one of them is considered to be second largest chandelier in the world.
- The mosque is named after the founding father and first president of UAE.
Just in case you’re wondering who took our lovely photos, it was my dad! 😀
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