The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi…most beautiful building in the world?
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is literally blindingly, brilliantly beautiful. We know from experience!! Both Tim and I had both lost our sunglasses just two weeks before our visit to the UAE and never had time to replace them. Tip #1! Bring your sunglasses on your visit to the mosque. The walls and the ground are so white and reflective that on a sunny day it is almost impossible to keep your eyes open.
Interesting Facts about the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The mosque was completed in 2007 and is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates.
The carpet in the main hall is the largest carpet in the world.
The largest chandelier in the mosque is the third largest chandelier in the world. There are seven chandeliers in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, all imported from Germany and all containing Swarovski crystals.
There are 96 columns in the main prayer hall, inlaid with mother of pearl and marble.
Rihanna was asked to leave in 2013 after being disrespectful while in the mosque.
How to Dress Appropriately
Wear conservative, loose fitting clothing. Men are not allowed to wear shorts. Women need to wear a long sleeved shirt and long pants or a long, loose fitting skirt.
Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque. Update for 2019: This rule may have changed. One of our awesome readers just wrote in that it is no longer necessary to remove your shoes before entering the mosque.
Women will be asked to wear a traditional robe (abaya) and a headscarf (shayla) before entering the mosque. If you do not bring your own, these are provided for you.
Don’t forget your sunglasses. Seriously.
Other Things to Know
Holding hands and kissing is disrespectful and not allowed inside of the mosque. Also, men and women are not permitted to take a photo together.
There is no entry fee to visit the mosque.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open to tourists everyday from 9 am to 10 pm except for Friday mornings.
There are several free tours offered everyday. If you want to learn more about the mosque and Emirati culture, this tour is worth the time.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Photos
So, what do you think? The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque…the most beautiful building in the world?
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