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The Muslim Tourist | September 20, 2017

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Mosque inside mosque outside night view
The Muslim Tourist

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 41,000 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.

Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.

Visitors’ Tip: Why not finish sight-seeing or shopping for the day and take the 5pm ‘Sunset Tour’? Get to the mosque around 4:30pm – a wonderful time to take photos – to wind down and chill out for 20 minutes in the lovely, afternoon breeze before the tour.

Opening hours: Unlike other mosques in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open daily to visitors, except on Friday morning, which is for worshippers only. Complimentary one hour guided tours run (Sun-Thurs) at 10am, 11am and 4.30 / 5pm. Friday times are 5pm and 7.30 /8pm and Saturday 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30 /5pm and 7.30 / 8pm.

The times for the last two tours of the day vary between 4.30 and 5pm, and 7.30 and 8pm, depending on the time of the time of the year. To check the current times, visit www.szgmc.ae

Ramadan opening hours: During the Holy Month the mosque is open daily except Friday from 9am to 12pm (midday), and the one-hour complimentary tours start at 10am and 11am.

 

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  • Farida

    An excilarating atmosphere when you set foot in this magnificent mosque. Beautifully decorated and extravagant lighting. Loved the place.