The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque towers majestically over the beautiful gardens that surround it. It has 4 100-meter high minarets, as well as 80 marble domes crowing a roof which rests on 1,000 pillars.
Exploring the Mosque
The colossal mosque was built with more than 90,000 tons of white marble on which were made delicate floral designs inlaid with semi-precious stones.
The design of the mosque is modern and innovative, bringing together Mamluk, Ottoman, Moorish, Indo-Islamic, and Fatimid styles. The impressive Swarovski crystal lamps decorated with 24-carat gold (the largest weighs 11 tons and contains 40 kilos of gold) are the star attraction here.
In keeping with its name, everything in the mosque is done in a grand way. The carpet covering the main hall is the largest in the world. Some 1,200 artisans were involved in its creation, weaving more than two billion knots with the best cotton brought from Iran and New Zealand.
A grand place where you will feel small
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the few mosques in the region where non-Muslims are allowed to enter, a true luxury that allows tourists to enjoy a wonderful masterpiece of architecture and design.
This is one of the most impressive mosques in the world both for its size and its beauty, so it would be appropriate to include it among the essential places to visit.
It is not possible to visit the mosque during mass.
To enter the mosque you must cover your legs, head, and shoulders. If you do not have something to put over them, you can collect a tunic at the entrance.
From Saturday to Thursday: from 9:30 am to 10 am.
Friday: from 4:30 pm to 10 pm.
From Saturday to Thursday: from 9 am to 3 pm.