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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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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!
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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Monday 09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 22:00
Thursday 09:00 - 22:00
Friday 09:00 - 22:00
Saturday 15:00 - 22:00
Sunday 09:00 - 22:00
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