Sheikh Zayed Mosque is considered to be the key site for worship in the country UAE. Rising majestically from beautifully manicured gardens and visible from each of the bridges joining Abu Dhabi Island to the mainland, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque represents an impressive welcome to the city.
Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.
About Sheikh Zayed Mosque
- With more than 80 marble domes on a roofline held aloft by over 1000 pillars and punctuated by four 107m-high minarets, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture and design.
- Over 100,000 tons of pure white Greek and Macedonian marble were used in its construction. Delicate floral designs inlaid with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli, red gate, amethyst, abalone, jasper and mother-of-pearl, decorate a variety of marbles and contrast with the more traditional geometric ceramic details.
- It includes references to Mamluk, Ottoman and Fatimid styles, the overwhelming impression of the breath-taking interior is contemporary and innovative, with three steel, gold, brass and crystal chandeliers filling the main prayer hall with shafts of primary-coloured light.
- The chandeliers, the largest of which weighs approximately 12 tons, sparkle with Swarovski crystals and shine with 40kg of 24-carat galvanised gold.
- One of the prayer hall’s most impressive features is the world’s largest loomed carpet. The medallion design with elaborate arabesque motifs took 1200 craftsmen two years to complete, half of which was spent on hand knotting the 5700 sq metres of woollen thread on a cotton base. That translates as two billion, 268 million knots!
- Visitors are welcome to enter the mosque except during prayer times. A worthwhile free 45- to 60-minute guided tour (in English and Arabic) helps explain some fundamentals of the Islamic religion while pointing out some of the stylistic highlights of the interior.
Note: Prayers are continually recited by attendants here. While photographs of the mausoleum are not permitted, visitors are free to photograph all other parts of the mosque, but sensitivity should be shown towards those in prayer.
General visiting hours are from Saturday-Thursday 9am to 10pm. Kindly note that The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is closed for tourism activities (and open for worship) on Friday mornings, and reopens after 4:30 p.m. for visitors.
Visiting Hours during the Holy Month of Ramadan
The visiting hours during the month of Ramadan are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Saturday to Thursday. (Last admission at 1:30 pm). General tours during the holy month of Ramadan start at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The tour duration is 45 – 60 minutes. The Mosque does not open its doors for visitors on Fridays during the holy month of Ramadan.
If you are planning a Travel to UAE then Sheikh Zayed Mosque is worth to visit.