The jewel of Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Majestic and breathtaking, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the first on my list of attractions one
MUST see on his visit to United Arab Emirates, regardless of religious inclination. This awe-inspiring
mosque can’t be described by words, therefore I took hundreds of photos to be able to write this blog
post for you. Pictures do say a thousand words.
Visiting Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Before visiting Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi you must get few information about the
place and you have to know few manners.
The mosque is named after its founder and the father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin
Sultan Al-Nahyan, who was a visionary leader and believed that the most gracious achievements start
from the heart. The sublime Grand Mosque is one of the most important examples of contemporary
Islamic architecture in the world and one of the largest mosques in the world with a capacity for 40,000
worshippers. Quite astonishing! It is truly the spiritual heart of Abu Dhabi and UAE.
The whitewashed building features 82 domes, over a 1000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers
and the world’s biggest hand knotted carpet crafted by approximately 1200 artisans. In the main prayer
hall there’s one of the world’s largest chandelier with Swarovski crystals weighing 12 tonnes.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is surrounded by reflective pools that amplify its glory. At night, a unique
lighting system which reflects the phases of the moon transforms the mosque into a “palace from
The Arabian Nights” and captivates visitors with its beauty.
Visitors to Sheikh Zayed Mosque must follow few rules when entering this religious site. Women are
asked to cover themselves in abaya (rented at the entrance for free, you’ll need your ID with you) and
proper dress code must be observed for others as well. In accordance with custom, shoes have to be
removed to enter the mosque and visitors are not permitted during the prayer hours.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located at the entrance to Abu Dhabi City Island and it can be easily
spotted by anyone driving around the capital.
The mosque is open to public every day except Friday morning, from 9am to 10pm.
I will definitely visit the mosque in the near future, but next time it will be without my camera so that
I could enjoy the calmness and peace of the place, its art and beat