Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
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- 98%Local Culture
- 83%Art & Design Lovers
- 67%History Buffs
- 59%Family Travelers
- 59%Spiritual Seekers
- 59%Budget Travelers
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (33)
- Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 24, 2013
Stunning modern marvel and the highlight of Abu Dhabi. Truly a serious challenge to the Taj Mahal.
The official tours are a great introduction and will give you access beyond the velvet ropes. Hours are limited. An absolute must see. Arrive first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. Bring sunglasses -- the white marble is highly reflective and almost blinding.
The Library and Mausoluem may also be visited but the mosque itself is the main attraction.
- Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueOct 23, 2013
It's huge! It's white! It's glittering and gold! It's sort of like the Vegas of mosques (check out that chandelier, the largest in the world...), but it also is undeniably beautiful. A huge plus: the guides who show you around are real, live Emiratis (who are hard to find and interact with on a typical tourist day), and open to all kinds of questions. Worth going to Abu Dhabi just for this. (Book nerds: there's a very nice little library in one of the minarets.)
- Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Oct 16, 2013
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.
- Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueJun 24, 2013
This is the largest mosque in UAE and among the largest in the world. Billions were spent and it shows - white marble, gold leaf, Swarovsky crytal, Turkish tiles, semi-precious inlays modeled on Taj Mahal. The carpet inside the prayer hall is the largest Persian carpet in the world. There is a strick dress code for both men and women. You will have to rent an abaya (women), if your legs aren't covered. Bring a scarf, wear long slacks and long sleeves. Men must also wear long pants and sleeves. Photography is permitted everywhere inside. Allow up to an hour for the visit.Recommended for:Local Culture
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- Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 1Feb 23, 2013
The mosque is an amazing and beautiful piece of architecture. It's one of the few mosques that will let non-Muslims inside, as Sheikh Zayed wanted to promote cross-cultural understanding. At 10am most mornings you can take a guided tour from an emirati.
Although many visitors treat the mosque as any other tourist attraction, it is a working mosque and you should be prepared to act and dress appropriately and conservatively. Women must cover their heads and shoulders and men must cover their shoulders and legs. Temporary chandoras and scarfs are available.
I didn't find the tour very interesting or informative, and the questions about the history of Islam were answered in a very politically correct fashion. I don't particularly disagree with avoiding a debate on controversial topics while inside a mosque, but I don't think avoiding the history of Islam promotes cross cultural understanding.
The Big Bus Tour stops here after a 40 minute drive from the Marina Mall. Get the first bus of the day to make it to the mosque in time for the tour guided by an Emerati.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
The sheer size of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque makes it worth seeing. It is one of the largest mosques in the world and is adorned with 24-carat gold details, beautiful reflection pools and a huge courtyard with mosaic tile designs. Beyond being a sacred place of worship, it is an architectural marvel and women are required to wear black robes and head scarves which are provided at the entrance.