Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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Top 5 facts about the Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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.

  • It's named after the UAE's first president

    1. It's named after the UAE's first president

    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.

  • It was built to symbolize Islamic diversity

    2. It was built to symbolize Islamic diversity

    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.

  • It's home to the world's largest chandelier

    3. It's home to the world's largest chandelier

    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!

  • It has a capacity of over 40,000

    4. It has a capacity of over 40,000

    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!

  • Rihanna was kicked out!

    5. Rihanna was kicked out!

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    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.

  • How much does it cost?

    Entrance to the mosque is free. Walking tours are also free and last from 45 minutes to an hour.

  • What's the dress code?

    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.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Make the most of the coolest period of the year, between November and February!
  • Is it expensive?
    Entry is free of charge.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's advisable, so that you can maximize your visit by learning all about the mosque's unique cultural concept! Tours can be booked in advance or joined on the day.
  • How to get there
    Taxis in Abu Dhabi are affordable, so don't hesitate to use one to get to the mosque directly.
  • Additional information
    *During the month of Ramadan, please note that the mosque is open from Saturdays to Thursdays from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

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What people are saying about Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 16,077 reviews

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.