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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The stunningly beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque took eleven years to build and first opened to visitors in 2007.
The mosque’s architecture is a beautiful blend of various styles, including Fatimid, Ottoman, and Mamluk, featuring intricate Islamic geometric and floral designs and a variety of materials, including Macedonian marble, gold, mosaic tiles, nacre, wood, coloured glass, semi-precious stones and lapis lazuli.
Four minarets tower over 100 metres above the mosque and integrate elements of Mamluk, Moroccan, Ottoman, Andalusian and Fatimid styles. At the bottom of one sits the mosque library.
The breathtaking structure includes 1,096 columns and 82 domes. The columns are styled on date palms, which are particularly important to the region.
Once you enter the mosque, you’ll walk across marble with intricate flower designs to the central area, where the floor is covered with a magnificent hand-knotted carpet which took no less than two years to design and create and is the largest in the world.
Turning your eyes now upward, you’ll see glistening crystal chandeliers adorned with Swarovski crystals, all made by skilled artisans in Germany. The largest of these is an impressive ten metres wide and 15 metres tall!
To see a different view of the mosque, go to the other side near the taxi parking area.
If you’d like to know more about the architecture of the mosque, you can find much more detail on the architecture page at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque website.
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Planning your visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque opening hours
- Saturday to Thursday 9am to 10pm, last entry 9:30pm
- Fridays 9am to 12pm, last entry 11:30 am, 3pm to 10 pm, last entry 9:30pm
- Ramadan/Eid – check opening hours online
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi entry and tours
Entrance to the mosque is free, and you can join guided tours, available in English and Arabic throughout the day. You don’t need to book in advance for the tours.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Online Booking
You can book your slot to visit on the official website booking form here.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dress Code
Visitors should dress appropriately for their visit. Women should cover fully and wear a scarf; men should also wear clothing that covers the upper arms and below the knee. Clothes should not be transparent.
You will not be allowed to enter if you don’t follow the dress code. You can refer to the code on the official website to check what is allowed and what is not.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Photography
Photography is allowed at Sheikh Zayed Mosque but only at specific photo stops. All visitors to the mosque must follow a fixed route through the mosque and keep within the permitted areas. This allows for a better flow of traffic and a better experience for you when touring the mosque with other visitors around.
Don’t worry, they’ve chosen the best spots for you to view and capture the beauty of this iconic mosque!
FAQs Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
- When was Sheikh Zayed Mosque built? Construction started in 1996 and finished in 2007.
- Can you visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi? Yes, you can. See more information in the post above.
- How to get to Sheikh Zayed Mosque? You can take bus number 94 from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station by public transport.
- What is the total area of Sheikh Zayed Mosque? The total area of the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhbai is 22,400 square metres or 241,111square feet.
- What are Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ticket prices? There is no entrance fee to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
- How much did Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque cost to build? The Abu Dhabi mosque cost around 2 billion UAE dirhams or US$545 million.
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