Travel Reservation Hotline

Call and Book Your Hotel Now!

Domestic Toll-Free for US and Canada: 1-800-997-1438

Worldwide: +1-817-983-0682

Must Do Activities, Travel & Tourism

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Credit: Maxpixel

An activity that should be at the top of any tourist’s to-do list when visiting Abu Dhabi is a tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

This iconic mosque was built in memory of Sheikh Zayed, the man who brought the United Arab Emirates together, spearheading its creation into the majestic nation it is today.
The construction of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was completed in 2007, 38 contractors were involved, utilizing materials sourced from several countries around the world including New Zealand, Italy, and China among others. The mosque features magnificent Islamic art and architecture at its finest, incorporating exquisite and elaborate geometric designs and floral motifs. The mosque also features an external lighting system representing the phases of the moon. it can accommodate 40,000 people at a time for Namaz.

Sheikh Zayed envisioned that his mosque would be a sanctuary for those who truly seek peace and the fact that it unifies multiple Islamic architectural styles helps to further this point. The architecture is a rich amalgam of Ottoman, Fatimid and Mameluke styles, providing a unified glimpse into the past of Islamic architecture. The fact that such a wide array of contractors and materials were involved in the mosque’s construction also symbolize the unity Sheikh Zayed sought, making the mosque a physical representation of his lifelong vision for both himself and his country.

See Abu Dhabi’s top city sights on a full-day sightseeing tour of the United Arab Emirates’ capital city!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.