One of the largest mosques in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque can house over 40,000 people at any given time. Located in the capital city of Abu Dhabi and named after the UAE’s first President, the Grand Mosque features 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold chandeliers, and the world’s longest hand knitted carpet!
Not only will the interior leave you speechless, but the exterior of the mosque easily amplifies its beauty. With several reflective pools, Greek and Italian white marbles covering the floor, and gold and white finishes reflecting the modern and classic Islamic styles, the Grand Mosque is truly an architectural wonder of the world!
My favorite time to visit the Mosque is at night – how beautiful is this?!
Be sure to follow the dress code when visiting the mosque. Traditional clothing can be found in Abu Dhabi’s Heritage Village. Get dressed, have fun and prepare to immerse yourself into the Arab culture.
Tip: Traditional clothing at Heritage Village should cost no more than AED 75 ($20USD).
Things to know:
- Cost: Free
- Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday, 9AM – 10PM; Friday, 4:30PM – 10PM
- Clothing: Long pants; shoulders must be covered, Women must wear head scarf
- No food or drink allowed inside (you will go through metal detectors)
- You can rent traditional clothing at the lower level of the Grand Mosque for free (must have a valid ID). If you’re adhering to the dress code, you may not be able to rent the traditional clothing.