The Sheikh Zayed Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi, is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the 8th in the world. It has an area of 20,000m² and can host up to 40,000 believers, quite a record in the Middle East. But above all, is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world and the jewel of Abu Dhabi..
The mosque has 4 minarets 107m high and 82 vaults of 7 different sizes with a diameter from 36m to 80m. It has some similarities with the famous Taj Mahal in India, with an spotless white that looks gorgeous in contrast with the blue sky. It was built with white marble, crystal, ceramic, gold and precious stones. They used artisans and materials from 13 different countries, including Swarovski crystal and an Iranian carpet of 5.627m², the largest in the world.
How to get to Abu Dhabi from Dubai: You can do it by bus from the Al Ghubaiba station (you can get there by metro). It’s a 2 hour ride at low cost. Another option is getting a taxi but that’s more pricey, around $100 so I wouldn’t recommend it.
How to get to Sheikh Zayed Mosque from Abu Dhabi: it’s a bit apart from the city center but from the bus station you can take another bus or directly a taxi and in 20 minutes you will be there.
What to do in Sheikh Zayed Mosque: Take your time, walk around and if you have the chance, stay until sunset 😉
Sheikh Zayed Mosque visiting notes: the entrance is free but on Fridays the mosque is closed for praying until 4:30pm, so better check the opening hours just in case. Also take into account that there is a dressing code to enter the mosque but don’t worry much, they provide traditional abayas for women if needed.
Credit: photos by Joseba Umbelina.