Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • trixbunny
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Mosque!
    I visited Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque this past weekend and I found it to be truly stunning. The Mosque is enormous and incredibly impressive with its intricate details, grand architecture, and overall beauty. I recommend going around dusk so that you can see it in sunlight and in the dark, when it is lit up according to the moon phases. I also highly recommend taking the free tour as you will learn so many interesting facts and details about the Mosque and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. You also get to see a different part of the Mosque that you won't see on your own. Our tour guide, Aisha Mubarak, was amazing. She really had a passion for sharing her culture and she was so open and kind and I learned so much from her. This is one of the highlights of my trip to Abu Dhabi. It's a must-see, for sure. Oh, bring sunglasses. It's very bright and shiny!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 25, 2023
  • ANR
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Mosque
    A fascinating insight into the traditions and beliefs of Islam, provided to us by our passionate guide. The mosque is overwhelming in its grandeur, but the intricacy of the detail continued over such a grand scale is breathtaking. Definitely a must on any visit to Abu Dhabi.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Will
    Derby, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive and Stunning
    This is arguably one of the most impressive and beautiful mosque’s we have ever visited, probably for the incredible use of white marble. We were blown away by the beauty and architecture of the building. The electronic guide was useful, but please remember you need to use an ID to get these that isn’t your passport. i.e. your home nation driving license. The tour doesn’t take long but you can spend as much or as little time there as you like, it gets busy, but it’s amazing so don’t be surprised that everyone else wants to be there too. We enjoyed our time there and taking in this important part of modern culture and architecture, we will return to view again at night. A credit to the UAE.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Josh B
    Lafayette, Indiana456 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful facility with a great free tour
    We had a long layover in Abu Dhabi and made our way here. There is a periodic free shuttle from the airport (we took the 12:00), which is very convenient if your time fits their schedule. We registered in the visitor center and took the free 30-minute tour at 13:00. Our guide Fatima (guide number 181) did a great job of explaining the mosque while showing us around. Note: be sure to follow the dress code.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • ThatAldoNicely
    Norwich, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Invest two hours of your life in this must visit, awe inspiring experience.
    Awe inspiring. A must visit in Abu Dhabi. Make sure you take the 30 minute free tour (you don’t need to book) to unlock excellent tour guide knowledge about the vision, the history, architecture and the dream becoming a reality. You also get some access away from the crowds. Saif was our excellent tour guide.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • CharonMF
    Hobart, Australia21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You must visit!
    Visiting this awe-inspiring, spectacular building was made truly special by doing the guided cultural tour with our Guide, Mahmood . This informative and knowledgeable gentleman patiently answered all my questions . Increasing my understanding of the architecture and also of the vision of the Sheik, to create a welcoming ,peaceful haven that inspires people of all faiths and cultures. Remember to book in advance for this fabulous experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Elizabeth G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    NOT TO BE MISSED - THE GRAND MOSQUE
    A beautiful Mosque that truly embodies the spirit of unity that was envisioned by the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan. This Mosque is an exquisite work of art. Do take the guided tour. Our guide Abdulrahman Ameen Abdulrahman Alali was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Taking the tour with him made the visit extra special. We visited the mosque late evening, it was less crowded and we were able to enjoy the sunset and see the mosque lit up at night
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • chandanip615
    Virginia Water, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most beautiful place - Amazing
    Most beautiful place I have ever visited. And one of the prestigious places that non muslims can visit. I have no words to explain how beautiful this place is. A highly recommend to visit the mosque if your in Abu dhabi. Staff is very professional and helpful. We didnt pay anything for the eentry . Its free to visit. Dont miss this place.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Stunning
    This was an absolutely stunning sight. I would recommend visiting after dark as the Mosque is even more beautiful when lit. Definitely the highlight of my visit to Abu Dhabi. Unless you are on a tour, getting here requires a car. There is a large parking lot, or you can Uber/Taxi from downtown. It is quite a way out from the Corniche area but only cost 55AED ($15 USD) by Uber. No cost to visit but you must book a time of arrival in advance. Entrance to the Mosque is through the modern underground shopping mall out in the parking lot. You can find the entrance by looking for the futuristic large glass dome which is easily spotted. There is quite a stressful process of going through a complicated security clearance and entrance gate with throngs of visitors and busloads of tour groups trying to gain access. Once through this mess, you walk through an underground tunnel which will take you to the grounds of the Mosque. It is a self-guided tour through the rooms. No audio tour or explanation of anything that you are looking at, but it is still a stunning experience. Make sure to budget 2 hours to see this as much of that time is spent getting in and out of the Mosque.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Tina Harness
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a beautiful experience
    I live in the UAE and I wanted my friend that was visiting from America to see my favorite place in Abu Dhabi. The guided tour was led by Aysha Mansour and she was amazing! She went out of her way to make the experience wonderful. She was knowledgeable and friendly! I would like to personally thank Miss Aysha for showing my friend why I love living in the UAE 🇦🇪 ❤️
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 27, 2023
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Michael
Stockholm, Sweden294 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is a place of worship but also seems to be a place made to impress? We recommend to order a ticket online since it can be crowded, and they are very strict with the dress code especially for women so be aware.
We were not so impressed by this building, it felt a bit artificial, just put there to make an impression, not as many old fantastic places around the world. There are no fee to enter.
Written February 8, 2020
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madammisfit
Boston, MA3 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Solo
I did the 8 pm 30 minute tour in English. We were about 14 in the group and our tour guide was Mouza Al Mansoori. Mouza was very well spoken and knowledgeable about the facts regarding construction of the mosque. I preferred going in the evening because I caught the sunset view of the mosque across the road at the Wahat Al Karama, then walked to the mosque (about 15 minutes) to do a walk around on my own before joining the tour. By the time the tour started at 8 pm, most of the crowd had subsided, which made the experience all the more pleasant.
Written February 22, 2020
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Leigh-Harrington
London, UK2,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
They have reorganised things recently with a new entrance system but it all seeemed to work very smoothly and despite the crowds it didn’t feel too crowded. We arrived for dusk, don’t cut it too fine because the ladies have to get dressed in the gown they provide and it is a long way from there to the Mosque but they have a system of travel actors and a free electric buggy taxi to convey those who don’t want to walk. The building is stunning with some great craftsmanship and whilst artistically I have seen more impressive detail in Europe and Russia the sheer scale of this place is truly impressive especially when it is dark enough to appreciate the reflecting pools. Certainly a Wow place. Highly recommended there is also a nice shopping malls linking it to the car par park.
Written February 2, 2020
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Apple112pct
Copenhagen, Denmark35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The Mosque have all the clothes needed for women to wear inside the Mosque for free. Entrees are free and even the hourly tour inside the Mosque is for free.
Taxi are very cheap in Abu Dhabi and we did the trip for 5 persons for around 40 AED from downtown Abu Dhabi.
We used around 1,5 hour at the Mosque.
Nice architecture and a must see tourist attraction.
Don’t spend money on the tour companies. It’s not worth the money in this case.
Written February 13, 2020
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Marius V
Graaff-Reinet, South Africa10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Please avoid the beautiful building which we tried to visit twice. The management system of visitors do not work at all. After queuing for more than two hours in the sun, we decided to leave after one of the officials informed us that it would take another two to three hours to buy a ticket. On none of the websites I consulted before we went there, informed me that tickets can be bought online, but even with the online tickets visitors hat to queue more than two hours. The only people that do get in without any problems are official tours with their guides. I would have love to see this building but the way the officials treated visitors were shocking and disgraceful. Do not bother to go on your own.
Written January 3, 2020
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dyhx
Singapore5,963 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
4th largest mosque in the world that can accommodate 40,000 worshippers at any one time (the world’s largest mosque in Saudi can hold 2mil!).

120,000 sqm of white marble and all those pillars of flowers made of specially cut precious shells and gems, including Mother of Pearl. Gigantic German-made Chandeliers made of Swarovski crystals from Austria. Largest carpet made by 1,200 Iranian women (which ironically was cut into pieces later in order to be transported here and put together again *cue roll eyes*).

And how can we forget the gold, be it gold plated or gold paint for that added glow.

We were dropped off at a car park opposite the mosque and had to walk thru a shopping mall’s underground, thru a security screening point to get to the mosque.

They are very strict with dress code here, especially for women. Must be covered head to toes, long sleeves covering till the wrist, long dress or pants covering till the ankles and a scarf to cover the hair and neck. The guide provides Abayas for the women if you are not appropriately dressed. As we walked around the mosque, we saw many others in a common red ‘gown’ too, I suppose that’s the one you can rent from the mosque if you were visiting on your own sans tour guide.

The mosque marked out designated photo areas so we weren’t allowed to roam freely. Which is good too, gave us the opportunity to take a clean picture of the mosque from different angles.It was a good thing we joined a group tour so we could zip by some queues on an express track. Spent about an hour here before we left.
Written February 9, 2020
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SoloTogether
Ludlow, UK447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There is no doubt that this is one of the most beautiful Mosques in existence. There are vast expanses of crisp white marble, some with intricate coloured inlays, displaying adept craftsmanship and internally in the prayer hall/chamber) ceilings are adorned with ornate painting and magnificent chandeliers.

Externally, as the sun sets, various colours of dusk glance across the marble facade, mixing with the subtle spotlighting, which creates a magical effect.

Do not be put off by the seemingly interminable underground walk and levels of security you have to pass through, it is well worth it and it does keep moving. Do check access beforehand if you need to.
Written April 3, 2020
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Sillysal123456
Edinburgh, UK108 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited last week, long queues to get through into the underground souk and cafe area which you are forced through, then another long queue to get tickets to get into the mosque.
Once in the barriers you are pushed along like animals and have to follow the queue, with children in pushchairs, disabled people in wheelchairs, all pushing for a space. Can’t really sto and have a good look. Not really allowed into the mosque only the outer courtyard.
We thought we might sit in rage gardens on a bench a contemplate. for 10 minutes. NO not allowed got moved on back into the queue and out.
So very disappointed by this experience seems it is a tourist attraction peace and not really a proper mosque.

Not worth the waiting in the queues for this.
Will not be doing it again.

Better from a distance especially when lit up at night.
Written January 6, 2020
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SydneyTraveller_2008
Sydney, Australia521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I loved visiting the Mosque. It was overwhelmingly beautiful and worth “dressing up” for. We did the tour and Fatima did a great job with the narration. The tour took 40 minutes and is the best way to see the mosque as you get to go inside the great hall - which is a must. If you are not on a tour you don’t get to see this. Now for some tips:
1. Get your free tickets on line before hand. They are free. Hold your on line ticket print out in you hand so the guard knows from a distance that you have already got your ticket.
2. Dress respectively. Women to have a long ankle dress or trousers, arms fully covered and a scarf. Men to have long sleeve collared shirt and long trousers. Do this and you will jump the queue.
3. Keep I small groups. Max 4. We were only two, and we saved say 30 minutes queuing. We kept getting the VIP treatment which I can only assume is because of a small group, correctly dressed and had our tickets in our hands.
4. If your tour starts at 5pm, get there no later than 45 minutes minimum before hand otherwise you will miss the tour. Our tour was in English.
5. The walk from the entrance to the mosque is underground but it is say at least 1 kilometres in distance. There are golf carts available for the elderly or disabled.
6. Plan your visit just before Sunset. The lights at night at stunning
7. Budget on say 90 minutes for the entire experience.

This is a great tour.
Written January 24, 2020
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DIPALI S
Navi Mumbai, India254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
When we visited,there were long queues,and we had to walk a long distance,which tires one mentally,if not physically.
The mosque itself is a grand ,unparalled to anything I have seen till now.
One must wear modest dress,or else you are made to wear dress provided there.
The rules for dressing and conduct and photography are quite strict,reinforced by the security guards at every corner.
One must visit this mosque,but preferably at a date and time when it is not too crowded.
Written January 19, 2020
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