Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
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if you find yourself in the United Arab Emirates, then visit this Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must. This is the Grandest Mosque that you might ever see and it's actually worth to plan your trip in UAE and see it. Along with 82 cubes then sky-piercing towers and ice-white marbles inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque will take your breath away. Your visit to Abu Dhabi is not complete without a visit to this amazing religious edifice where you are able to get experience the pure majesty if its complex decor, gilded columns and polished tile courtyard as well. Here, you will explore anything that you know about this Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi
This is pretty large and can hold more than 40000 visitors, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the colossal worship place. This is the biggest mosque in UAE and third world's largest. The huge complex covering more than 22400 sqm. Even the main hall can accommodate over than 7000 worshippers and there were two smaller player areas that can accommodate 1500 worshippers on each.
It was stated in 1996 and this project took time for 12 years to finish it, then this place was officially opened in 2007. There are more than 100000 tons of the genuine white Greek and the marble from the Macedonian was been used in this Mosque's construction. You will see the classic Fatimid, Ottoman, and Mamluk architecture style which make this place worth fro breath-taking masterpiece as well. It also has a unique system of lighting that can represent the lunar phases, projected the colors into the exterior that changes in every night according to the moon as well.
The construction of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the combinations with the international friends of Abu Dhabi by using the globally sourced materials as well. Even the Italian engineers named Salini Imperilo hired 3000 construction workings by contacting about 38 construction companies from around the world, such as the artisans from German, India, Turkey, Chine, United Kingdom and Pakistan who gave all of their great skills, the carpet in the main hall prayer area become the largest in the world and being hand-knotted around 1300 craftsmen from Iran. This is so heavy and it should be dismantled as well as flown by using two airplanes as well.
You are able to find out more information about Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque by hiring free guided in Arabic and English as well. This mosque also opens to being visited on Saturday to Thursday around 9 am to 10 pm and for Friday is around 4,30 om to 10 pm. Women visitors will be provided by Abaya and long trousers for men.
You are able to take a look closer and you will find that any small details are luxury and make the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is so amazing. You will see the semi-precious stones such as lapiz lazuli, amethyst and jasper were stuck to the columns. You can see the fine floral patterns which sparkling in the walls.
How to Get Tickets?
The admission fee is free and you should enter throughout the small structure featuring with the changing rooms that you will be provided by traditional clothes and X-ray system.
How To Get Around?
This is literally mosque and the best thing that you can do is walking to observe this place.
What Should I Wear?
You should know that this is a Muslim site, you have to wear a modest dress that covers all of the body for women, such as long trousers and head coverage as well. There is a simple guide that explains you with a better idea about the acceptable dress here, even this mosque also provides you with traditional abaya to enter. You can wear socks if you feel weird to remove your shoes. Note that skintight clothes were not allowed here.
Best Time to Visit
This mosque is open from 9 am to 10 pm almost every day except for Friday when this mosque only open for visitors around 4.30 pm. However, the schedule might be changing during the Ramadan as the holy month of Muslims. Ensure that you checked the schedule first before you plan your visit here.
Will I Need a Guide?
As mentioned before that guided tours were free and available in the walk-in statue. They will explain you anything related to this mosque in Arabic or English. It was suggested that you show up about 15 minutes before the tour starts.
How To Get There?
You can take a taxi that will drop you in the entrance. The taxi is very easy to access and being picked from the exit as well. There is a lot of parking site here for visitors.