Abu Dhabi is not only a city for trade and business. It is also a city rich in culture and beautiful sights to see.
Today we share with you the first of our Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi: Destinations blog series where we feature wonderful places to go and visit around Abu Dhabi.
Since this is the first of our Destinations series, we would like to start “BIG” and there’s only one place we could think of that fits that criteria: The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Constructed from 1996 and completed on the 20th of December 2007, it has since become Abu Dhabi’s most iconic and an important site of worship in the country. The late president Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan introduced the project as proof that anything is possible if you put your heart and soul in it.
Known as the largest mosque in the country, the structure is build over more that 12 hectares which can house to over 40,000 worshipers. It’s inspiration, architecture and design revolves around Sheikh Zayed’s vision of “uniting the world.”
The materials comes from different countries around the Gulf, Europe and Asia. The architectural aesthetic is mainly Moorish but also has a mix of Mughal, Persian and Arab design elements.
The carpet used in the main prayer hall is know to be the largest carpet in world. The chandeliers, which is one of the most elegant and beautiful elements of the mosque came from Germany which are made of Swarovski crystals.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is roughly 20 minutes away from Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi and is open daily for visitors from 09AM – 10PM and closed for worship on Friday Mornings. Parking and entrance fee is free of charge.
A very important thing to note is that the Mosque is still ultimately a site of worship and prayers. Therefore, certain rules and dress code is strictly implemented as respect to the worshipers and the place itself.
Women are advised to be fully covered including your hair and Gentlemen are advised to wear trousers and shirts. Photos are allowed to be taken inside the mosque, however certain gestures such as waving your hands up in the air is to be avoided.
For more information, please visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque website and read the complete guidelines for your visit.
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