Visiting Abu Dhabi? Don’t Miss the World’s 8th Largest Mosque
I do not have the words to describe how beautiful and grand the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is. It is, in my opinion, the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi since it was built in 2007.
According to one of Abu Dhabi’s websites that features the mosque, the initial architectural design for the Sheikh Zayed Mosque was Moroccan, but it evolved to include many global features, including exterior walls that are of traditional Turkish design. Natural materials were chosen for its design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities, including marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics.
Tours are conducted for visitors—both Muslims and non-Muslims—twice a day, except during Friday prayers; there’s a morning tour that begins around 10 am, followed by a second tour at 5 pm. Modest, conservative clothing is required. For women, abayas are provided at the entrance of the mosque; almost everyone wore the black abaya. The traditional white dishdashas are also available for men.
Queen Elizabeth II toured this mosque sometime in November when she visited the United Arab Emirates.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque was also featured in a collection of commemorative stamps issued by Emirates Post in September 2010. Stamp denominations of AED 1 and AED 5 are available at all post offices.