The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi , the capital city of United Arab Emirates.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates and fondly thought as the father of the nation, His Highness Sheikh ZAyed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The first considerations to build the Mosque began in the late 1980's but the construction began on 05th November 1996. After Sheikh Zayed passed away in 2004, his son HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates completed the instructions of the building.

Natural materials were used for much of its design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities including marble, ceramics, stone, crystals, gold and semi-precious stones. The artisans and materials came from many countries including New Zealand, China, India, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Iran and of course the United Arab Emirates.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque overall structure is 22,412 square meters as equivalent of five football fields. The maximum capacity is approximately 41,000 people. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was established in 2008 not only for a place of worship and Friday gathering but has been a place of learning and discovery through its education and visitors program.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Columns

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has over 1000 columns in its outer areas and 82 domes of Moroccon design and all were decorated with white marble. According to Turkey Research Centre for Islamic History and Culture, the main dome is the largest of its kind with a measurement of 32.8 meters in diameter of its outer shell and stands at a height of 55 meters from the inside and approx. 85 metres from the outside.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Chandelier

The world's largest chandelier can be found at the main prayer hall of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque weighing over 9 tonnes, 10 metres in diameter and 15 metres height. The seven gold-coloured chandeliers from Germany are made up of glass from Italy, thousands of Swarovski crystals from Austria. In Same area, features the the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet consisting 2,268,000 knots. Designed by Iranian artist, Ali Khaliq and hand-crafted by 1,300 artisans in small villages near Mashhadin in Iran, a region renowned for its carpet making expertise.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque library is located in the north of minaret where you will find collections of community classic books and publications addressing a range of Islamic subjects like calligraphy, arts, coins, civilization, and sciences with a broad range of laguages including Arabic, French, English, Italian, Spanish, German and Korean. There are also Some collections of rare publications dated back more than 200 years ago.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open from 9AM to 10PM daily but it is closed for tourism activities on Friday mornings. All tourism services is free of charge and no entrance fess.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque offers complimentary "walk in" guided tours for individuals or a group 10 persons during Sundays to Thursdays at 10AM, 11AM, and 4PM. During Fridays at 2PM, 4.30PM and 8PM. During Saturdays at 10AM, 11AM, 2PM, 4.30PM and 8PM.

Advance booking is necessary for larger group tours for government delegations, educational institutions and private corporate bookings.

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Visitors are required to dress properly upon arrival to respect to Islam and the place for worship.

Below are the behavior and dress code to follow:

* Clothing should be modest,conservative,long sleeves,long skirts and trousers and loose fitting clothes.

* Shorts are not allowed for men.

* Transparent or see-through or tight clothing is not allowed.

* Swimwear and beachwear are not allowed.

* It is recommended to wear slip off shoes as visitors are required to remove the shoes before entering the mosque.
* All ladies will be asked to wear the traditional abaya and shayla or headscarf.

* Intimate behavior like holding hands or kissing is acceptable in a Muslim place of worship.

* Visitors are requested to stay within the permitted area for safety and respect to the worshipers.
* Smoking and food are not allowed in the mosque area.

* Visitors are not allowed to touch the Holy Book or the Holy Quran and other architectural elements inside the main prayer hall.