The Most Beautiful Abu Dhabi Mosque
A visit to Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a must do when you visit Abu Dhabi. The mosque is an architectural masterpiece created by artisans from around the world using gold, marble and semi precious stones.
It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, one of the largest in the world. It can hold up to 40,000 worshippers. This is truly one of the most stunning sites to see in Abu Dhabi!
The mosque is named for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates and the founder of the mosque. He is buried in the mausoleum on the grounds here. You can learn more about the Sheikhs of Abu Dhabi.
Highlights of this Abu Dhabi mosque include:
- World’s largest carpet designed by an Iranian artist.
- White marble tiles were used as a symbol of purity and piety.
- Domes act as skylights to allow the sun rays to shine on the worshippers in various light patterns and shadows. Be sure to observe the main dome when you visit.
- Exterior lighting follows the moon phases. Be sure to visit again in the evening to see the mosque lit up.
- 7 chandeliers made of gold, Italian glass and Austrian Swarovski crystal adorn the mosque including the world’s biggest chandelier inside a mosque.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque Opening Hours & Tours
Visitors of all denominations are welcome at this beautiful Abu Dhabi mosque. Opening hours are from 9am to 10 pm daily. They are closed to visitors during prayer times (multiple times through out the day) and on Friday mornings. There is no entrance fee to visit the mosque.
Be sure to take a free tour in English provided by one of the friendly guides. The tours last about an hour. The guides are happy to answer any of your questions about Islam and the mosque. Children are welcome but must be well supervised. This is a great way to learn a bit about Islam.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque Tour Times
Sunday-Thursday :10am, 11am and 5pm
Friday : 2pm, 5pm, 7.30pm
Saturday : 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 7.30pm
What To Wear To The Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Visitors must be dressed modestly in loose fitting clothes. Arms and legs must be fully covered. No t-shirts, shorts, short skirts or beach wear allowed.
Women must also follow these guidelines in addition to being required to wear an abaya (gown) and head scarf (both are provided by the mosque for your visit or you can wear your own headscarf if you prefer). Men may be required to wear a thobe (white gown-provided by the mosque). Shoes must be removed during the visit.
Please be respectful during your visit to the mosque as this is a place of worship. No food or drinks are permitted. There are water fountains and bathroom facilities. Please do not touch the Quran (Holy Book) if you are not a Muslim.
You are permitted to take photos inside the mosque but not in the mausoleum. Please do not take photos of anyone praying and kindly ask permission to anyone else you would like to photograph.
No smoking is allowed on the grounds of the mosque. Please avoid all public displays of affection such as hand holding or kissing inside an Abu Dhabi mosque.
Wheelchairs are available if needed.
Your Abu Dhabi Guide Tips:
Don’t miss out on a visit both during the day for a free guided tour and in the evening to see this beautiful Islamic mosque lit up! There are lovely pools on the grounds that reflect the mosque’s columns in the moonlight. Absolutely stunning!
Ladies-It can get quite hot while wearing the abaya. Dress in layers so that you can remove a layer before donning the abaya. Just be sure to do this in the privacy of the change room at the mosque. (For example wear a long sleeve blouse over a short sleeved top).
How to get to Sheikh Zayed Mosque?
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Taxis are of course plentiful and cheap in Abu Dhabi. This is one of the easiest ways to get to here.
If you drive here yourself there is a North & South car park with free parking.
You can take the bus here. It is a 10 minute walk from the closest bus stop. Route 32, 44 and 54 stop nearby. They run approximately every 20 to 40 minutes and cost 1 AED (payable on the bus-exact change required).
The Big Bus Tour has a stop at the mosque.