Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Half-Day Tour from Dubai
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 5 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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My tour guide, Noor Ahmad was just excellent. He knew so much stuff about the history of the emirate and was always attentive and making sure I was enjoying and having a good time. He helped as much as he could and was just wonderful. I recommend the company since they have surprises and from the moment I booked they were in touch via WhatsApp to give me info and solve any questions. Truly a great great experience I will never forget.
I highly reccomend this daily trip to Abu Dhabi (maybe Louvre can be more than 2 hours). Thanks to our guide Samir for accompanying us :) The tour takes you from your hotel and drop there again which is very convenient
The tourist guider is excellent! He is enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and professional. He helped us to take the pictures, and introduced an excellent restaurant for lunch. He made the trip fun and enjoyable.
Pleasant, comfortable experience. Guide Gigi was full of personality, provided a lot of interesting information, and was overall very pleasant.
The duodenum Hassan was very kind and professional. It was wonderful. Don’t go to the carpet shop at the end of the tour.