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.
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