Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque is now known to be the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world. Imagine the area of a football field, make it five times and that is how large the size of the Zayed Mosque is. It can then accommodate over 40,000 worshippers. I always passed by the Mosque everyday when our office was still in Mussafah because it is majestically situated at the entrance to Abu Dhabi City Island, markedly visible from the three main bridges, Maqta, Mussafah and Sheikh Zayed Bridge. The location of the Mosque is believed to be a symbolic expression of the emotional connection the Mosque has in the hearts of all Emirates because of the existence of the graveyard of the father of the nation, in the vicinity of the Grand Mosque in addition to its spiritual and architectural design and timeless monument.

Zayed Mosque at night

The artistic beauty of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is seen during the night because of its lightning system. So if you are planning to visit the Mosque schedule it from 4PM to 8PM so you will witness its magnificence.

Zayed Mosque inside

The general visiting hours is from 9am – 10pm Saturdays -Thursdays.

This is the lighting effect in the night.

Zayed Mosque at night

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is branded for its pure white marble color on the external surfaces. The architects designed the mosque with 82 white crown shaped domes of various sizes with gold crescent shaped finial. I am not yet sure if it is true that these crescents are made of 24 Karat gold as many expats are saying.

Zayed Mosque chadelier

There are seven crystal chandeliers installed inside the halls and foyers. These are made from gilded stainless steel and gilded brass. Glass panels studded with Swarovski crystals were incorporated in all of them.

Zayed Mosque carpet

This is the huge carpet in the prayer hall made of 2,268,000,000 knots and 35 Tons heavy.

Zayed Mosque

The Mosque is a very HOLY place. There is dress code in visiting the Mosque. Woman are not allowed to enter the mosque with sexy clothes exposing the skin. Women are required to wear abaya when they enter the mosque. There are available abayas for rent in the area. For men, you are not allowed to wear short pants and sleeveless shirts .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marie Cruz is a telecommunications engineer and a blogger. She is currently working in Abu Dhabi. She created Abu Dhabi – OFW to share her expat journey and give a glimpse of Abu Dhabi City.

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