Sheikh Zayed Mosque: A Must see Tourist Attraction
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The stunning, world renowned Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, known for their open door policy, welcoming visitors across the world to provide a place rich in cultural diversity. This incredible landmark was built by architects from across the world including the UAE, Britain and Italy – bringing together designs from a multitude of countries.
The mosque provides a place for all individuals, families and friends to learn about the Islamic culture and religion, in a space that encourages open dialogue, welcoming up to 55,000 worshippers and visitors every day. Completed in just over a decade, the Mosque was built to embody Islam’s foremost message of peace, welcoming people of all beliefs.
A breathtaking build..
The Mosque was built between 1994 and 2007, with over 3,000 workers and 38 contractor companies used across its construction. Many natural materials were selected for the bulk of the design, including gold, crystals and ceramics. Marble plays the largest role though, from the 82 white marble domes to the stone floors and walls. The 1,096 amethyst and jasper embedded columns, reflective pools, gold-plated artworks and iconic courtyard are all photo worthy opportunities, in addition to one of the largest marble mosaic artworks in the world. Of course it wouldn’t be a UAE build without holding a Guinness World Record – can expect to find the largest hand-woven carpet here also.
Visiting the Mosque..
The Mosque is open 9am-10pm everyday apart from Friday, closing midday to 3pm. Women are advised to wear long sleeved, loose fitting clothing, while men should avoid wearing shorts. Shoes will be removed prior to entering the place of worship. Entry is free for everyone, in addition to free guided tours for those who would like to be educated about the Mosque, lasting around 1 hour.