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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a vast architectural work of art that purposefully mixes several Islamic architectural styles. It is one of the world's biggest mosques. It has 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24-carat gold gilt chandeliers, and the biggest hand-knotted carpet in the world. One of the world's biggest chandeliers hangs in the main prayer hall.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was developed by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to communicate historic significance and to symbolize the Islamic teachings of peace, tolerance, and diversity. He envisioned the Grand Mosque as a living example of modern Islamic architecture that bridges the gap between the past and the present, as well as a center for Islamic research and study that reflects real Islamic principles.

The mosque's collection of 82 domes, the biggest of which is placed in the center of the main prayer hall, is perhaps the most prominent feature. Pure white marble cladding, onion-shaped ‘crowns,' and crescent-shaped finials with gold-glass mosaic adorn the domes. The minarets of the mosque blend Mameluke, Ottoman, and Fatimid architectural styles in a way that unifies many Islamic architectural styles into a single work of art and beauty. The use of natural multi-colored marble produces unique aesthetic results, such as ornamented crowned columns with crowns at the bottom rather than the top. This remarkable method is a first in Islamic architecture.

The colors of the walls, columns, and carpet have been harmonised in such a way that the mosque has been transformed into an aesthetic marvel and a symphony of colors and hues.
The beautiful glass work is another notable aspect. Traditional Islamic motifs of symmetry and repetition are shown in mosaic, carved, and sand-blasted glass.

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Nabeel R
Nabeel R
November 7, 2022
In the whole of the UAE this is the grandest and most beautiful mosque.nIt’s open to everyone to visit regardless of your faith.nI would recommend to go late afternoon before sunset to get the best pictures.nThere are prayer facilities for both men and women.nThe architecture for this mosque is breathtaking and pictures don’t do it justice. It’s one of those places that you have to see it to really appreciate it’s grandiosity.nIt’s a place you’ll want to visit again.
Senji Laxme R Raghunath
Senji Laxme R Raghunath
November 6, 2022
This place is an architectural marvel. Peaceful and beautiful. The dress code is mandatory for all visitors of all faiths and nationalities. So dress appropriately. In case you are not carrying scarf and appropriate clothing, they also sell clothes at a affordable rates just outside the security gate. Photography is allowed inside the mosque and outside after security check. It's restricted in certain places and the guards instruct accordingly. There are also prayer halls with restricted access.
Shobhit Gupta
Shobhit Gupta
August 24, 2022
What a beauty this place is! Definitely a must visit. Would recommend visiting around 6 so that you can see both versions - day and night. It turns even more beautiful during the night with moonlight and other lighting. Would also suggest taking an official tour which starts every hour. Our guide was absolutely fantastic and we could access the worshipper lane which is less busy with a chance to click better pictures
Jivan Pachpute
Jivan Pachpute
August 14, 2022
It's very nice architectural creation and design. What a great and Big mosque i ever seen. It's great pleasure to visit there. I seen they keep it too clean and Attractive . And found silence over there. Also their is somehow strict rules. Ladies need to cover hair with scarf else they didn't allow . Also while taking picture also not allowed to take pictures without scarf. Else security will your memories.nWe visited in day time so now Surely i will visit that place in evening time to see it's glorious beauty.
Najia Shoukat
Najia Shoukat
June 8, 2022
This is one of most majestic mosques in the world. It is so serene and calm. It’s floor is made of marble which remains coldnall throughout the year to walk on. Dressing modestly is recommended to enter the mosque and if you’re not then they give you an abaya/ covering to cover up to respect the sanctity of the place of worship. This is state of the art mosque with mosaic work done on the walls as well as all along the floor that you walk on. It’s a classic examplenOf Islamic architecture. Must visit!!!
ABDUL AHAD KHAN
ABDUL AHAD KHAN
April 14, 2022
Obviously a gorgeous place! There are two entrances. One is for tourists to basically take photos with specific assigned photo spots. The other side is the entry for the worshippers. If you're a Muslim worshipper, I have a feeling the experience would be way better on the worshipper side because there would be less tourists. A gorgeous place but I was a little disappointed with the restrictions on where everyone could walk. Tip: Cross the street for a more gorgeous view with beautiful steps leading up to the mosque!
Jamal Blackwell
Jamal Blackwell
April 1, 2022
Absolutely beautiful architecture and attention to detail. Me and my family went here to pray for Jumma (Friday) prayers and it was very nice and pleasant experience. The facilities were very clean and a nice place to bring family. They have plenty of parking and also give tours for people who want to learn about the building and all the planning that went into the development of the building. Architects from around the world have spent time designing this building and there is no corner in the entire building that was planned out excellently. Please go and enjoy. Muslim or not itu2019s worth the trip!
Mak Roz
Mak Roz
February 7, 2022
Incredible architecture! One of the place i have ever visited in my life. A must see when you visit UAE, even if you come to visit Dubai only.nThe managing of the place is so professional.nStaff are helpful. I forgot to book ticket for my daughter of 6 months old. The staff did it for me in 3 seconds.nI regret I did get a guide for this tour.
Sadik Mallik1806
Sadik Mallik1806
November 3, 2021
The place is definitely recommended visiting. It is a beautifully crafted engineering marvel. The whole team behind deserves appreciation. Visit website szgmc.gov.ae and do booking confirmation before reaching here for a faster entry to the place, that was the procedure when we visited. There is strict dress code in place and details available in website. ladies to wear dress that cover properly including the hands. Dress can also be purchased from shops inside. Ample underground parking is available separately for visitors at walkable distance to entrance. There are direction boards available after you enter the place. Day times can be bit hot.nIf they can come up with some arrangement to guide the visitors without random security personal interference, the visit would be a better experience overall. They are everywhere.nFor me it was amazing
N S
N S
October 13, 2021
The place is definitely recommended visiting. It is a beautifully crafted engineering marvel. The whole team behind deserves appreciation. Visit website szgmc.gov.ae and do booking confirmation before reaching here for a faster entry to the place, that was the procedure when we visited. There is strict dress code in place and details available in website. ladies to wear dress that cover properly including the hands. Dress can also be purchased from shops inside. Ample underground parking is available separately for visitors at walkable distance to entrance. There are direction boards available after you enter the place. Day times can be bit hot.nIf they can come up with some arrangement to guide the visitors without random security personal interference, the visit would be a better experience overall. They are everywhere.nnOverall a great experience ud83eudd0d
S R
S R
August 31, 2021
The place is definitely recommended visiting. It is a beautifully crafted engineering marvel. The whole team behind deserves appreciation. Visit website szgmc.gov.ae and do booking confirmation before reaching here for a faster entry to the place, that was the procedure when we visited. There is strict dress code in place and details available in website. ladies to wear dress that cover properly including the hands. Dress can also be purchased from shops inside. Ample underground parking is available separately for visitors at walkable distance to entrance. There are direction boards available after you enter the place. Day times can be bit hot.nIf they can come up with some arrangement to guide the visitors without random security personal interference, would be nice. They are everywhere.nnOverall a great experience ud83eudd0d
Nitish Gemma Verma Jones
Nitish Gemma Verma Jones
July 31, 2021
The most stunning and breathtaking mosque you will see... I bring all my visitors here when they come to visit, no exceptions, itu2019s an absolute must. The details the design and the overall ambience you will experience coming here is like no other. Would highly recommend trying to go during quieter times to get the most out of your experience... and come with your own Abaya / cover ups. They do provide though if you have forgotten.
Festa Trading
Festa Trading
May 13, 2021
Nice place! Good architecture and very beautiful. The dress code is important. Men- donu2019t wear animal prints and make sure you were a long sleeve top and pant(no shorts). Women-wear something that covers you full(including your head). You can enter here even if you are not a Muslim but you have to follow the rules(make sure to follow the dress code if you are a Muslim or not). We went here on Ramadan(2019) and that time they gave food to all on Ramadan(I am not sure if it is there now). I hope this review was helpful.
Hany Youssef
Hany Youssef
November 12, 2020
Gigantic breathtaking white building! Marvelous building decorated with floral patterns and gold, definitely a trade mark of the capital and the whole country!nHas many shopping center on the entrance level.nBe prepared for a lot of walking! But itu2019s super worth it, wheel chair service available for those who need it.nSimply magnificent experience thatu2019s worth visiting
Ragab Mahmoud
Ragab Mahmoud
September 18, 2020
I visit it Every time i go to Abu dhabi

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