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Sheikh Zayed Mosque of Abu Dhabi – Tips for visiting the Grand Mosque

Find out what to do in Abu Dhabi and how to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, also known as the white Mosque.

Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi

Not long ago I wrote a post about what to do in Dubai on a low budget. However, if you are planning to visit the United Arab Emirates I think the most interesting thing to visit is not in Dubai, but Abu Dhabi.

Some people take advantage of a stopover in this city and spend a couple of days visiting its interesting attractions (here you can find some good hotels if you are planning to stay for a few nights). Even though it doesn’t get as nearly as many visitors as Dubai, Abu Dhabi it’s in my opinion a nicer city.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

The landmark of Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi, also known as the white mosque. It’s really an incredible building.

This mosque’s one of the biggest in the world and it can host about 40000 people. There are 82 domes and some of them are covered with gold and have well over 1000 columns.

Inside the mosque, you can find the biggest hand-made carpet in the world.

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You can also find a chandelier that is one of the biggest in the world: it has a diameter of over 10 meters, it’s 15 meters tall, and a total weight of over 12 tons.

Outside the mosque, there are numerous pools. If you have the chance it’s a good idea to take some pictures while the sun sets.

How to properly dress when visiting the White Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi at noon

Since the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country, it’s important to dress properly especially before visiting a religious site. Shorts are not allowed both for men and women and women should have their heads covered. If you don’t have the right clothes, you can rent them right before getting inside the mosque. You’ll also have to take your shoes off.

The first official celebration was the funeral of Sheikh Zayed, from whom the mosque gets its name. The whole building cost about 545 million USD and it took 11 years to be completed: from 1996 to 2007.

How to get to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi

The best way to get to the Mosque, if you are in Dubai, is by booking a half-day tour or full-day tour of Abu Dhabi like this one. The tour will take you also to the Mosque.

Keep in mind that on Fridays tourists are not allowed to visit the Mosque. If possible visit the Mosque around sunset to take some nice pictures.

Another thing to keep in mind is that during Ramadan the visit time it’s reduced. You can check the dates here.

What other things can you do and see in Abu Dhabi?

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  1. Explore the Emirates Palace: Take a tour of the luxury hotel and learn about the rich culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi.
  2. Visit Yas Island: An entertainment destination that offers water parks, theme parks, shopping, and dining options.
  3. Visit the Qasr Al Hosn: The palace of the ruling family and it’s known for its beautiful architecture, gardens, and historical significance.
  4. Visit the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital: Learn about the traditional art of falconry and see the majestic birds up close.
  5. Explore the Saadiyat Island: This cultural district is home to several museums and cultural institutions, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum.
  6. Visit Yas Marina: Take a stroll along the marina and enjoy the views of the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel and the Yas Marina.
  7. Visit the Yas Marina Circuit: Take a tour of the Formula 1 race circuit and learn about the history of motorsports in Abu Dhabi.
  8. Visit the Abu Dhabi Corniche: Take a stroll along the waterfront promenade and enjoy the views of the city skyline.
  9. Take a boat tour: See the city from a different perspective by taking a boat tour of the Abu Dhabi waterways.
  10. Visit Ferrari World: One of the city’s other popular attractions is the Ferrari-themed amusement park.
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Here a couple of articles about two other very interesting places: Burano, in Italy, with its colored houses, and Dongchuan Red Land, in China.

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