Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Travel diaries: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

How to make the most of the visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque without spending your whole day there, even though you will want to.

Grand is the easiest word to use to describe this mosque, but it is far from being just grand. There is something about the atmosphere that takes hold of you as soon as you drive close to the mosque. The famous white domes loom above taking up the skyline, it is hard not to be in awe. The white tiles with the gold contrast is a beautiful example of modern Islamic architecture. And the attention to detail throughout the mosque is outstanding. I would find my self-staring at patterns thinking that is the clever way to fill up  space.


First off I will advise you to dress modestly as you will be entering a mosque, which is a place that Muslims go to worship. And this mosque is quite strict with the dress code, if you are not dressed modestly you will be taken to a room to be given a black robe with a hood to wear before you enter.

How can you make the most out of your visit? Go in the afternoon. The mosque itself is mostly an open space. The majority of people will want to walk around the grounds and take selfies, which is not so great during the midday sun. The afternoon trip will mean you can spend more time outside, and take awesome pictures as the sun will be less bright. After you have finished looking around take a guided tour, the mosque has guided tours throughout the day. Each tour is around an hour plus it is free. Your tour guide will walk you through the Mosque and explain how the mosque was built as well as other cool facts, in addition, you will be able to take more pictures whilst the tour is going on. My favourite is the afternoon tour, at 5pm. Why? Well because by the time the tour finishes the sun will start setting and you can start taking your evening photos of the mosque, which is just stunning as the mosque comes to life with the night  lighting system. In my own personal visit, the tour ended just in time to pray Maghrib salah. It was probably the most special part of the whole day, the sound of the adhan gracefully echoed throughout the mosque, it made everyone stop just to listen to it. Another thing you should do is pray in the mosque if you get the chance to. The female prayer room is different to the main prayer room that the tourists enter, much more serene, with different carpet to lighting and wall patterns.
Finally, if you get the chance to, visit the library. It is something I didn't as I didn't know they had one and only recently found out. If I had the chance to, I would probably have spent a lot of time in there.




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  1. Girl! You just made me miss this place so much! I loved visiting Sheikh Zayed Mosque, and I really want to go back, capture even better moments like you mentioned, and so check out the library, which I never knew as well! Masha'Allah, these creations make me so happy <3 I'm in awe with the way you have talked about the mosque, and captured it hun <3

    Rabiah xx

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    1. Thank you hun, I really want to return as well. In sha Allah we both will soon xx

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  2. It is one of the beautiful mosques, I have heard and seen in pictures. I would love to see the mosque at night lights too. Awesome pictures. Mashaallah.

    ~ Meera

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    1. My love, you have to visit it is even more beautiful in real life.

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  3. I could only wish to go there... But maybe one day, In Shaa Allah. I love the pictures you took. It's good they allowed it. Some mosques don't :)

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    1. The actual room where people prayed, no one really took pictures. But these pictures were take whilst I was in the tour.

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  4. This is one of the most beautiful mosques I have ever seen. I've lived in Dubai for a few years and your post is making me miss the country now.

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  5. This is soo beautiful. It makes me want to visit Dubai again and your pictures capture it soo beautifully! I took iphone shots of the mosque but they don't come no where close to these photos hehehhe!

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    1. Everytime I look at these photos I too want to visit Dubai again

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  6. Beautiful Photography!! Although I live in UAE, I haven't been to this mosque yet. :-) Never knew it had a library too. Good you mentioned it.

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    1. Please do visit it. You will not regret it.

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  7. Masha'Allah this mosque is beautiful! I live in the UK and although we have some beautiful mosques here it's not anything like this! Amazing !!!

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    1. Its true, the mosques in the UK are nothing compared to this mosque in terms of beauty

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  8. Still remember this day like it was yesterday. It was literally so beautiful from the moment we stepped in until the sunset. Subhan'Allah

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    1. YESSS, remember when we visited the Mosque we became happy.

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  9. mashallah!! Beautiful pics on a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing your experience and the pointers sis.

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  10. The white tiles with the gold contrast is a beautiful example of modern Islamic architecturehttp://www.stockholmfreetour.com

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    1. Yes the contrast really does show the beauty of modern Islamic art

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