One of the highlights of visiting Abu Dhabi is visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. You'll be blown away by its sheer size and beauty. I've visited the Grand Mosque countless times, and every time I am in awe. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest in the UAE and the largest mosque outside of Saudi Arabia. It can hold up to 40,000 worshippers!
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates, commissioned the mosque, but sadly passed away before completion. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque took ten years to be built. The mosque takes influence from both classic and modern Islamic architecture, and its beauty is made up of materials brought from all over the world. The chandeliers are from Germany with crystals from Austria, the carpet from Iran with wool from New Zealand, and the marble from Macedonia and Italy. Artictects and designers from all over the world helped to bring Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's vision to life.
Getting to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is easy if you're staying in Abu Dhabi. Simply hop in a taxi - don't worry, they're super affordable. If you're coming from Dubai a taxi will typically cost you around 150-250aed each way if you prebook. Otherwise, if you're driving yourself it's very easy to find using GPS, and once you get close, you can't miss it!
If you'd rather take a bus, your best bet is to check out the Department of Transport - Abu Dhabi and RTA - Dubai Transport sites for up to date information on routes and timings.
You may also take a tour, many tour operators run a day tour to Abu Dhabi, but I've heard they tend to rush you and you really don't have enough time to truly experience the Grand Mosque. Personally, I can spend 2-3 hours easily. On these tours, you'll also get to see other parts of Abu Dhabi, such as the Corniche, Yas Island, and Ferarri World.
Opening Hours & Tours
|Sunday - Thursday||10:00 am - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Friday||5:00 pm - 7:00 pm|
|Saturday||10:00 am - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm|
One of the fantastic tour guides at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
People not on tours can't go very far inside!
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