Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
5
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Rhett H
1 contribution
Jan 2022
10 am tour. I recommend going early before large tour groups arrive or at dusk to catch the sunset. Either way bring SUNGLASSES. The white marble is beautiful yet blinding on a sunny day. If possible, Request Aisha Almarzooqi. She was exceptional and very professional but was also able to keep the tour fun and easy going for anyone involved. Very encouraging towards the group to ask any questions they may have and prepared with detailed answers but did not overload us with information. Really kept it interesting. Taking the free tours that run each hour on the hour is a must. You get to see more of the mosque and it adds so much more to the overall experience.
Written January 8, 2022
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Alexandra M
10 contributions
Jul 2021
This was an unforgettable visit! Stunning beauty and unique atmosphere! Not many people know, but you can take a FREE guided tour for better experience. Just ask at the reception. The tour lasts 40-60 minutes and includes a story about the Mosque and how it was built and decorated. With a guide you will be allowed to walk barefoot through this famous carpet to the heart of the Mosque (not allowed without a guide). We were lucky to have Sultan Almansoori as a guide. He is really passionate about what he is doing, and he shared his excitement with us.
Dress code! Please, make sure you properly cover ALL your arms and legs with non-transparent clothes. Women have to cover head as well. If not, you can buy appropriate clothes in the shop nearby (12 USD and more).
Written August 3, 2021
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Emma Louise
4 contributions
Mar 2022
Beautiful Mosque, best to get there at 8.30am and go to Costa or any other coffee house for a tea or light snack, before the mosque opens at 9am. Do not go there on Friday when there are prayers. Ladies, make sure that you cover your legs (wear trousers) and make sure you have sleeves to your wrists and cover your head with a scarf. There is no need for a guide, unless you are absolutely keen to hear how much it cost etc. Some of the decorations are mother of pearl and semi precious stones, representing flowers of UAE, which are pretty. The place is calm at that time of the morning and the walk around is clearly guided with places set up for vantage points to take a photo. There is nothing to eat or drink at the mosque and you are not allowed to pose with hand signals, thumbs up etc. Could be very hot in the summer
Written March 27, 2022
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Steve McDonald
4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Wow wow wow wow. Goosebumps. I’ve been to a lot of world monuments and this is definitely one of the most surprising and spectacular buildings I’ve ever seen. Every bit as gobsmacking as the Taj. The highlight was my free tour of the mosque after sunset when all the lights came on (bonus that you’re allowed to take photos almost anywhere on the tour). The tour guide Khawla was incredible—super friendly and full of insight, she illuminated a lot of interesting details that will make you appreciate the mosque even more. Wish I had an extra day to go back. Do not miss it. Also thank you Khawla!
Written January 12, 2022
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Emma M
2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
We really enjoyed our guided tour with the guide Abdulrahman Alali, who gave us insightful information about the Mosque and its history, and very kindly answered all our questions about islamic religious tradition. His enthusiasm was refreshing and you could feel his love for educating about Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The tour was very interesting and allowed for a deeper understanding of the symbolism and architecture. It gave the opportunity to explore areas which are usually inaccessible to tourists and to take some beautiful pictures, which is usually only allowed in special areas.
I can wholeheartedly recommend the guided tours, they are free of charge and, to my understanding, every hour.
Written January 29, 2022
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Lovely Laura
15 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
The beauty and elegance and respect of this place was breathtaking. To be in it to experience it’s grace was well worth any amount of costs involved. Wearing proper clothing is a must and may be purchased in the mall area prior to mosque entrance from $20-40. Photographing this was an honor
Written May 3, 2022
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StaceyLBC
Long Beach, CA96 contributions
Jul 2021
An absolute must see in Abu Dhabi. We highly recommend taking advantage of the free guided tour as we did. Our guide was incredibly informative and helpful. The information she shared about the background and history of the mosque, it's creation, as well as cultural and religious insights greatly enhanced our experience and our visit. As an architect, my husband had a lot of questions and she answered them all effortlessly. With the guide you are also allowed to walk out onto the carpet inside the mosque which I'm pretty sure you cannot do unaccompanied. Definitely take advantage of the guided option to make the most of your visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque!
Written July 22, 2021
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Ruchi Kamat
Sanquelim, India43 contributions
Aug 2020
It was one of my dreams to see this beauty and I finally did when I visited it two years ago! It houses the world's biggest chandelier and also the biggest handmade carpet ever made. The whole place is very scenic and the gardens are very picturesque! It is a must visit on your travel to Abu Dhabi! Add it to your itinerary right away on your visit, coz you will be wowed by the gorgeous piece of architecture!

I happened to visit the place at noon, and I realised that it can get pretty hot and uncomfortable. And so, I would recommend visiting it during evening. The mosque has been provided awesome lighting and the reflection of the mosque in the water body looks beautiful and serene, and is a sight you shouldn't miss!

One thing to remember before visiting it is, there are strict dressing rules while visiting this place! Prefer wearing a traditional outfit, as it is a place of worship, and if not, you can get an Abaya for women and robe for men outside for rent, before entering the mosque!
Written July 2, 2021
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Johnski29
366 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Wow, this place is incredible. It’s unfortunate that some visitors have absolutely no idea how to behave or dress in a place of worship. We visited early in the morning and it was full of coach tours that had no English speakers in them. Far Eastern tourists thought it was appropriate to photo graph my sleeping baby in her pushchair ( she is very very Scandinavian looking) luckily some members of staff stepped in to prevent us being mobbed.

I was shoved and pushed and people climbed over the stroller and tried to force me to move the stroller. Staff were very very apologetic and we were able to enjoy what is to see her as it is very beautiful.

Please remember to dress appropriately when visiting and this is not a place for selfies it’s a place of worship.

I wish the bus tours didn’t come here or at least the tour guides were read the riot act.

By all means come here it is worth it. Sharpen your elbows and keep your kids close. It’s not a place that well mannered and well intentioned people come and they just want to take photos for Instagram.
Written January 1, 2020
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katewilson02
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Jan 2020
This is 100% a MUST see in Abu Dhabi. What an amazing structure. We visited in January (Winter) so not too busy and in the late afternoon to see the sunset. Sunset beautiful on the Mosque. The inlays infloor and on the columns are so intricate. The glass windows are unique. Just the size of it is so impressive. We LOVED this experience. There is no fee to visit and women can receive a free (quite cute!) cover up. Be mindful and respectful of the culture and religion. Also staff very friendly and willing to have a chat about the Mosque. Extremely organised to get in and out of the area via underground pedestrian tunnels and taxis everywhere to take you home. You MUST go!
Written January 21, 2020
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center is open:
  • Fri - Fri 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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