In my recent visit to Abu Dhabi, I finally got to see Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque (or Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or simply Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque) up close. Just a 20-minute drive from the Abu Dhabi Island, the Grand Mosque is something that must not be missed should you come over the capital. It’s not just your ordinary mosque. It is UAE’s largest mosque, a memorial to its founder, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and an exhibition of the beauty and richness of Islamic architecture.
The marble domes are dazzling in its white color especially during mid-day. The intricately-ornamented (not to mention, gold plated capitals) colonnaded walkway around the courtyard looks very stunning. Clipped hedges and pink bougainvilleas add color to the big white structure. The grand mosque is said to be a combination of Arab, Mughal and Moorish architecture.
My wish of wearing the abaya (long, black gown) was finally granted because ladies entering the mosque are required to wear one. Gents on shorts are requested to put on kandura, the long white gown. These are available on the dressing rooms around the mosque entrances.
Like any other mosques, you have to be barefoot when entering.
The over-decorated doors are so lovely!
Everything is so glamorous that I couldn’t find the words to express its elegance. Just look at these pretty chandeliers.
Intricate details overload!
Why don’t you pay a visit and be in awe of its grandiose? The Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque conducts tours everyday for free. Check the Visit Abu Dhabi and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center sites for more details.
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 441 6444