Breathtaking is definitely a word that comes to mind when I think of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ! It is without a doubt a must experience attraction in Abu Dhabi and regardless of your religion or religious believes, Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a stunning work of art that should be appreciated with an open mind.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was high on my list of must see’s during my second visit to the UAE and it really didn’t disappoint. It was just as beautiful as I’d envisioned it, but seeing it for myself was even better!
I absolutely adored the intricate floral detailing etched into each of the marble columns, which were all done by hand and very carefully crafted too. The leaf columns are made from real gold and once you enter the inside of the mosque, you are greeted with even more incredible wall art, impressive chandeliers and bright colours to look at ! I could really harp on for days how gorgeous Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque was, but instead, I’ll let the photos do more of the talking and convince you a visit here is most definitely worth it 🙂
Some fun facts about the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
– Construction on Sheikh Zayed began in 1996 but wasn’t completed till 2006. Approx 3000 workers took part in its construction.
– It is the largest Mosque in the UAE and houses the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet!
-The mosque has seven chandeliers, all which were imported from Germany and incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals. Oh, and one is also the largest chandelier in the world, at 15 meters high and 10 meters in diameter (holy moley!)
– It can accommodate up to 40,000 people!
– Unlike many other mosques around the world, what makes this Sheik Zayed Mosque so unique is that it is not off-limits to non-Muslims.
– There are very strict dress codes that apply if you would like to visit. Women must be completely covered, including long sleeves to the wrist, long pants or a long skirt to the ankle, and a scarf or head wrap to cover your head and hair. * Note that if you aren’t wearing the appropriate dress code to enter the mosque, you are able to borrow an abaya supplied to visitors for no charge (like what I was wearing). Men must also wear long pants and proper shirts too.
– The mosque is open 7 days a week to visitors from 9am to 10pm, however on Fridays it isn’t open to visitors until 4:30pm till 10pm (Friday mornings the Mosque is open for worship) Note: during the month of Ramadan visiting hours are from 9am to 2pm with the mosque closed all day Friday.
– The mosque is free to enter at all times
– It’s beautiful any time of day but I recommend visiting at dusk or once the sun has set. Now
who doesn’t love a golden sunset?! Oh and of course, the later part of the day is a cooler time to visit.
– Give yourself plenty of time when visiting. Spend time walking through the mosque and explore the inside and admire the intricate detailing throughout. If you are hiring a abaya it can take some time and you don’t want to be rushed. Sheikh Zayed Mosque is beautiful so you could spend a few hours admiring its beauty!
– Take plenty of photos! Photos are allowed and more than welcome inside and outside of the mosque, so go crazy..you will regret it if you don’t.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque , I love you!