Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
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Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque
Opulence in Abu Dhabi
Worshippers coming to Friday prayers on a sunny afternoon
Mosque Artisans
Abu Dhabi Gem
The Best Thing in Abu Dhabi
40,000 Worshipers
Housing the Dome
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque
Opulence in Abu Dhabi
Worshippers coming to Friday prayers on a sunny afternoon
Mosque Artisans
A superlative in itself, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque's extravagant architecture and opulent grandeur brought artisans from all over the world together to design a place of worship that includes the finest of all natural materials. The largest chandelier adorned with Swarovski crystals hangs from the centre of the mosque, stone inlays artfully cover the entire complex, and the largest carpet covers the floor where Muslims can pray. The ornate mosque does not go unnoticed as the most popular place for visitors to see on their excursions through Abu Dhabi. It is one touristy activity that is worth going back for time and again.
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Abu Dhabi Gem
I only had a quick stopover in Abu Dhabi on my way to Nepal, but I made sure to fit in a little bit of time to visit the Shaikh Zayed Mosque. I am so glad I did. It's the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates with amazing white marble domes, skyscraping minarets, and intricate designs once inside. I went during the summer and a peak heat hour, but I hear visiting around sunset is even more breathtaking. They even offer a 5pm Sunset Tour. It's a must if your visiting Abu Dhabi.
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40,000 Worshipers
40,000 worshipers - the suggested maximum occupancy of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The mosque which is approximately the size of 5 professional soccer fields is one of the world's largest mosques. The architecture which draws inspiration from Mughal and Moorish design is truly stunning. The mosques four minarets (one pictured here) are at a height of 351ft, roughly 30 stories. It is also worth noting that the main prayer hall contains what is considered to be the world's largest carpet. The carpet which was made in Iran is over 60,000 sq. feet! The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is situated between three main bridges connecting Abu Dhabi City to the main land and essentially all taxis will know the destination by name. Depending where you are in the city the ride should cost around $10.00 (one way). Visiting times for Non-Muslims can be found on the attached website.
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The Best Thing in Abu Dhabi
I have a particular fondness for religious structures and the amount of work that goes into building one. So the highlight of my trip to Abu Dhabi was a visit to the Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyah Mosque. In addition to the main prayer area inside, the careful repetition of lines and arches around the perimeter is mind boggling. This truly breathtaking structure rivals the Taj Mahal for the most impressive building I've seen in person. Visits inside the mosque are only permitted to non-Muslim visitors at specific times listed on the attached website so make sure you check before hand. Abu Dhabi isn't necessarily set up for walking so you'll most definitely need to hire a taxi (despite what you might think, taxis are very affordable in U.A.E.) to reach the mosque. It seemed that all of the taxi drivers spoke English during my trip so communication shouldn't be an issue. Ask for the mosque by name and depending on which area in Abu Dhabi you're staying the ride should cost around $10-$15 USD.
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Housing the Dome
The highlight of my trip to Abu Dhabi was a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This is the view just inside of the main entrance looking towards the main prayer hall dome. It seemed that all of the taxi drivers spoke English during my trip so communication shouldn't be an issue. Ask for the mosque by name and depending on which area in Abu Dhabi you're staying the ride should cost around $10-$15 USD.
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The mosque which is approximately the size of 5 professional soccer fields is one of the world's largest mosques. The architecture which draws inspiration from Mughal and Moorish design is truly stunning. The mosques four minarets (one pictured here) are at a height of 351ft, roughly 30 stories. It is also worth noting that the main prayer hall contains what is considered to be the world's largest carpet. The carpet which was made in Iran is over 60,000 sq. feet! The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is situated between three main bridges connecting Abu Dhabi City to the main land and essentially all taxis will know the destination by name. Depending where you are in the city the ride should cost around $10.00 (one way). Visiting times for Non-Muslims can be found on the attached website.
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Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque
Now this had to be the most amazing, detailed and luxurious building I’ve seen in my life (so far). It is absolutely jaw dropping. Not only for its size, but the detail handcraftsmanship that appears in every tiny corner. This is the entrance chamber. Marble – all is marble! There are visiting hours for non-muslim westerners but women have to cover up. This is an absolute must do if visiting the Emirates.
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Opulence in Abu Dhabi
With little time to spare before my departure from Abu Dhabi, and one not to miss an opportunity, I made a mad dash to see the Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, or, Grand Mosque. I was directed to an area for women only, then asked to change into a burka and hijab and advised to remove my shoes, out of respect, before entering. The span and splendor of the stark white mosque was striking, standing impressively against the brilliance of the clear azure sky. It was surely a sight to see.
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Worshippers coming to Friday prayers on a sunny afternoon
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a stunning piece of architecture and the grandest mosque in UAE. Although the grandeur of the emirate is evident in the scope of this mega project, the simplicity and elegance of white marble makes it a soothing place of worship.
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