By now, you have probably heard of the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. When I first booked my flight to Abu Dhabi I made it a top priority to visit this beautiful Mosque. In which I will be sharing more information on and some of the photos and videos I took throughout my visit there. This is one of the most popular landmarks in Abu Dhabi and thousands of people around the World visit it daily. It all worked out very well because the first few days of my visit in Abu Dhabi I stayed at the Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi which is about 5-10 minutes away from the Mosque. I am a sunset fanatic so I waited until sundown to visit the Mosque and get the best shots possible. I will be returning to Abu Dhabi in September and will most likely revisit this incredible landmark to get some shots during day.
Some History about the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Board.
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.
So lets begin 😉
Arriving at the main entrance of the Mosque during sunset. Upon arrival to the Mosque you will notice that security is highly enforced there so be at your best behavior while keeping in mind to wear proper clothes as well, specially for the females as they required to be covered up to show respect. The atmosphere upon arrival into the Mosque feels amazing. Peaceful, relaxing and everyone wondering around being mind blown about how incredible this landmark is. As you walk around the people you will eventually catch a few phrases from them simply saying “Wow” and thats how I felt when I arrived and I was just at the entrance, I knew I was in for a treat and a life changing experience.
After going up the stairs – I arrived at the ground of the Mosque where different reflective pools surround the mosque. I knew the view at night was going to be much better as they have a special lighting system which reflects the phases of the moon. When you arrive to the ground of the mosque you will see a directory of the right clothing to wear for male and female, the things you shouldn’t do and do and a few other guidelines to keep in mind during your visit.
The reflective pools of the Mosque. Throughout your walk around the mosque you will see a more pools surrounding it.
Shortly after making my way towards the first entrance of the Mosque – I was amazed at the incredible columns to the right left and right hand side. And of course, I had to capture the most popular shot everyone takes, the columns view. At the time sunset was approaching and soon enough the lights of the Mosque were about to be turned on.
This is one of the views upon entering that I caught myself saying “WOW” as the feeling you get when entering is something else that I can’t really describe or put into words. It is one of those situations that you have to simply be there and live in the moment. The View of The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque after entering towards the main ground.
The view at night after sunset when the lights of the Mosque are turned on. In my opinion, the lights makes the Mosque even more beautiful as it rubs on to the white and Gold finishes.
Now that I have covered the outside of the Mosque, lets move on to the one of my favorite areas of it. Being inside the dome – prior to entering inside the dome you are required to take off your shoes completely because they are not permitted. Your shoes will be fine because they have a shoe rack where you can place them and security is also within the grounds to make sure everything is running smoothly and the items are kept safe. The image I am sharing below it’s towards the Dome of the mosque, security are within the entrances and inside the dome as well as they walk around the mosque. This is the point where shoes have to be removed.
Inside the Dome of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque – I will not spoil completely everything you will get to see, though I will share with you my favorite part of the Mosque and let you do the rest of exploring when you get to visit it.
The Mosque is very very big and I didn’t have time to see a lot of things I wanted to see. On my next visit I am keen on visiting the prayer rooms and where the locals pray. I am aware some areas are restricted to the visitors so I will be sure to report back on my next visit what else is there to see thats worth noting on the blog. As I was leaving the dome to exit and leave the Grand Mosque the call to prayer began so I was able to capture two videos, one being inside and other on the main grounds of the mosque. Call to prayer fascinates me, it is soothing and brings goosebumps to me because you can see the locals rushing to pray and it gives you that sense of internal peace.
Call To Prayer at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Inside The Dome.
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The main Ground of The Sheikh Zayed Mosque
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If you would like to know more about the Mosque on it’s opening hours, Ramadan Schedule, attire,etc – Be sure to visit the following link for all the info you need to know. (Read More)
As I was leaving, here is the view from the main entrance of the Mosque at night – breathtaking.
For those who have visited this landmark, how did you feel and what was your favorite part of it?