From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 9 hours
Opened in 2007, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is Abu Dhabi's largest place of worship and the modern center of the city's religious life. Here's a little history worth knowing before your visit.
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the man credited with uniting the emirates in 1971. He died in 2004, and was buried in the mosque's courtyard.
Sheikh Zayed was known as a tolerant leader. He saw the mosque as a unifying force and commissioned artisans and materials from across the globe to better realize his vision.
Built in Germany with Austrian crystals and Italian glasswork. The mosque also boasts the world's largest carpet. It was created by 1,300 Iranian artisans and weighs 35 tons!
7,000 worshippers can fit inside the main prayer hall, but the mosque accommodates over 40,000 every Eid. But that's a far cry from Mecca's Masjid al-Haram, which can host 4 million!
While visiting in 2013, the singer dressed more conservatively than ever, but her pouting and posing for photographs was deemed "disrespectful" by staff and she was asked to leave.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is open until 10:00PM every day (last entry at 9:30PM) and is a must-see at night. It opens at 9:00AM from Saturday to Thursday. Fridays are closed to non-worshippers during Jumma time, but open to tourists from 4:30PM. The mosque runs its own walk-in tours at 10:00AM, 11:00AM and 5:00PM from Sunday to Thursday, 5:00PM and 7:00PM on Fridays, and 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 5:00PM, and 7:00PM on Saturdays.
Entrance to the mosque is free. Walking tours are also free and last from 45 minutes to an hour.
In accordance with Islamic customs, visitors are required to wear long, loose-fitting, and opaque clothing. Legs (at least to the ankles) and shoulders must be covered. Visitors failing to dress accordingly will be refused entry.
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It was a GREAT tour. Our guide Ramadan was so accommodating and knowledgeable. Nothing was a problem for him and he worked his magic everywhere we went. The Mosque was beyond spectacular...a once in a lifetime experience. The Emirates Palace hotel was beautiful and the Abu Dhabi Palace was the grand finale. All in all it was the best tour I have ever experienced. I highly recommend it.
This was an awesome tour. Our tour guide was great. I really enjoyed his informative tour with the history he provided. The best part was learning about history and customs of the culture of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The tour driver made the trip very smooth and comfortable. This whole tour was great
Hassan was such a good guide We recommanded you this activity with me
Very beautiful trip, well organized and very friendly staff.
It was very impressive! Can only be recommended 100%!