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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
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City Tour of Abu Dhabi: Sheik Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace, Marina Mall
Ranked #1 of 144 things to do in Abu Dhabi
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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“Awesome”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

A must-visit attraction in Abu Dhabi for all tourists, not just followers of Islam. The mosque is the world's largest outside Saudi Arabia, and one of the very few that encourages people to come and have a look around, no matter what their belief system. Several free guided tours a day show you some of the most beautiful architecture, carpets and chandeliers in the world, and the guides are knowledgeable about the building and the architecture. Islam is touched on, i.e. explaining the significance of some numbers, and the large clocks with multiple times on them, but is not the main focus of the talks. The guided tour is well thought out, with individual headsets amplifying the guide's voice meaning you do not have to crowd around to hear him, but can wander off to look at the pillars / artwork etc. he is describing.
If you don't want to wear the borrowed black gowns that made some tourists look like they were just graduating from Hogwarts, then dress appropriately, easier for men (no shorts or offensive t-shirts) than ladies (cover knees, shoulders and hair, and no skintight trousers) but not that difficult to do for a half-day trip.
Even though there were lots of people around, the place still seems calm and peaceful, an impression reinfiorced by the large pools around the outside of the mosque, reflecting the hundreds of pillars back at you.

Visited December 2013
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“Our visit to the Grand Zayed Mosque of Abu Dhabi”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi was constructed between 1996 and 2007. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest in the world. We visited the mosque in September, 2013 from Dubai, where we were visiting our daughter and her family. It is made out of pure white marble and boasts of a gorgeous interior complete with magnificent chandeliers as well as an equally imposing exterior with sprawling lawns and well thought out landscaping. It is considered to be the key location for worship in the UAE for Friday gathering and Eid prayers. On major religious occasions, the Grand mosque is made fit to accommodate up to 40,000 people.
Artisans from Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates got together to build this awesome mausoleum.
It also is a centre of learning and houses a well-stocked library.

Visited September 2013
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“Amazing”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

Beautiful modern building as never seen before. Well worth the visit. Amazing lights, windows court yards, grounds.
Make sure you are dressed correctly, if not you will be asked to wear a gown.

Visited December 2013
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“WOW”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

This one is really big and a must to see. There is a conducted tour and one should opt for the tour even though one can see it on their own.

Visited January 2013
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“Excellent”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

It is one the Must visit place in the capital city. You can easily spend half day in the peaceful and serene ambience. The visit will rejuvenate you and will peace of mind and soul.

Visited December 2013
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