U.A.E., Abu Dhabi
One of the spot not to be missed in Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which has become so famous that every year is visited by millions of tourists and it’s been included in the list of the most famous monuments in the world. At first we have a nice sightseeing around the city,then, attracted by the charm of the “white colossus”, we head to the most famous worship place of Abu Dhabi and one of the most known of the middle east. After getting to the car park located on the left side of the mosque, we move through the east area until we reach the main entrance of this imposing building, facing two beautiful pools. It is literally impossible not feeling stunned in front of a such big beauty and stateliness.
The name of the mosque comes by the president of UAE who launched the project, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan ( who is also buried there ) who wanted to establish a structure that would unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the historical and modern values of architecture and art. The mosque was built from 1996 to 2007 using artisans and material from many countries including Italy, Germany, united Kingdom, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Iran, China and at the moment it is one of the world’s 10 largest mosque with its 410 m2. Peace and tolerance are perfectly mixed here, also because the Sheikh Zayed had always believed that the diversity must be valorized and he tried to explain this belief with his project: the mosque reflects the spirit of diversity in culture and civilization, demonstrating that tradition and modernity can coexist without canceling each other. This mosque, that can get in more than 40.000 worshipers, it is built on an artificial hill and it shows all its majesty also from the outside: in addition to the 4 minarets on the 4 corners of the courtyard that seem to touch the sky with their height of 107 meters, and its 82 domes in seven different dimensions, the mosque has got gardens with water pools, that in the sunny days give to the visitors a wonderful light game and a fantastic colonnade adorned with gold.
After crossing the big courtyard, once got inside the building, you can walk on the world biggest carpet ( handmade in Iran by more than 1000 women ), admire the big and colourful chandeliers, decorated windows, precious stones set inside marble from Italy, gold and others amazing decorations. The Mosque represents a fertile spiritual space, enriched throughout the years by the inheritance of Islam and it wants to be a welcoming space open to all visitors who wish to acquaint themselves with the Islamic architecture and religion.
Visiting hours : Saturday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. , Friday 4.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Walk – in tour schedule :
- Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Friday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
How to get there : the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is situated between the three main bridges connecting Abu Dhabi City to the main land .
- By own car: close to the south gate there is a big car park, after leaving your car here you can head to the east side of the mosque
- By taxi: it s the easiest way to get there just paying a few AED
- By bus: https://dot.abudhabi.ae/en/info/Bus_Transportation