The most iconic Abu Dhabi Mosque is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
It welcomes visitors of all nationalities and denominations.
It is one of the most visited places in the UAE and a landmark of the capital city, Abu Dhabi.
First open for worship in 2007, it now has two functions:
Anyone can visit the mosque.
Children are welcome although they must be supervised.
SELF GUIDED VISIT
If you are a small group then you can walk through the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on your own. This is a good option if you have children or don't want a guided tour.
You will be clearly herded in the right direction at all times so there is no chance to get lost. You will also have to walk around various tour groups.
If you would like to get a greater understanding of the Abu Dhabi Mosque, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, then a guided tour is definitely recommended. You will certainly learn far more than if you just walk through on your own. Although at times it may seem to drag on a little. The tours last 45-60 minutes and are run regularly by dedicated guides in English and Arabic. You can just turn up for the tours which run at approximately:
Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the official time to register your interest in this famous Abu Dhabi Mosque.
It is worth checking with the official website which is updated daily to be sure the tours are running if you want to take one.
The mosque further serves to enhance culture and knowledge in Abu Dhabi via a comprehensive library. The library is open to readers and researchers to learn more about Islamic faith. Visitors welcome.
Before You Go
Make sure you are appropriately dressed. While the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is extremely tolerant there is a dress code.
Getting to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is easy.
When You Arrive
When you arrive, make your way to the East side. Simply follow the signs and other people!
You will find the Mosque is quietest in the early morning but by afternoon will be busy (as is typical with most attractions in the UAE).
You will be able to stroll around the outide of the mosque and admire the architecture. If you want to enter the mosque you must check your dress and get additional covering if necessary. The security guards and guide will be happy to point you in the right direction. If they don't think that you are wearing appropriate clothing you will not be allowed entry until you are covered.
You can collect suitable clothing at the East entrance before you enter the famous Abu Dhabi mosque.
If you want to take a tour then tours start at the East side so look for 'Tour Starts Here' signs. Get any covering before the tour starts or you'll get left behind.
When you enter the main prayer hall of this Abu Dhabi mosque you will need to remove your shoes and leave them outside in the provided areas.
This Abu Dhabi Mosque should be on everyone's 'to do' list. Take as much or as little as you want from it but we hope you enjoy it.
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