This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 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 –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.
You cannot be in Abu Dhabi and not visit the famous mosque. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques and I cannot agree more! During our visit to the capital of UAE last September and after 6 years of living in the country we finally get a tour inside the contemporary Islamic architecture and ended our curiosity! 🙂
Things To Remember on Visiting the Grand Mosque
- Free to enter the mosque.
- Open daily from 9am to 10pm to visitors except on Friday morning, which is for worshippers only.
- Smoking and food are not allowed. There’s a drinking fountain here and plenty of toilet.
- Dress Modestly – Just like any worship place, women and men should dress accordingly before going. Long, loose-fitting, not transparent and conservative. But if you forgot, women will be asked to wear a traditional robe and headscarf.
- Removing of Shoes – Please remove your shoes (socks are allowed) in the main praying area.
- Be Respectful – Respect the religion and the place. Don’t laugh hard, do a jump shot or peace sign, PDA! Anything that might cause attention. Be quiet and just enjoy the serenity and artistic grandeur.
- Stay within the allowed area and not roam freely around.
- Guided Tours – Complimentary one hour guided tours run (Sun-Thurs) at 10am, 11am and 5pm. Friday times are 5pm and 7pm and Saturday 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm. As shown in VisitAbuDhabi.ae
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Visit at 4:30 pm and catch a glimpse of golden hour along with the beautiful sunset. It is also cooler by this time. Take plenty of photos and don’t forget to look up to see the 24 carat gold chandeliers and interior 🙂
Inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Official Website: www.szgmc.ae