In the city of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, there is one of the most impressive architectural works of the 21st century: the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

Named after the first president of the United Arab Emirates, Zayed ibn Sultan Al Nahayan, who passed away in 2004. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and can be visited by people who do not profess Islam.

The design of the mosque brings together the Mamluk, Ottoman, Moorish, Indo-Islamic and Fatimid styles and has 4 minarets over 100 meters high, as well as 80 marble domes that rise above a roof that stands on a thousand pillars. .
If on the outside it takes the breath away from its visitors, on the inside the luxury can be seen in every corner.

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Foto: 123rf

The Emiratis are known for breaking records and one of them is the carpet that covers the main room, which is the largest in the world and has more than two thousand billion knots with the best cottons brought from Iran and New Zealand.

Being a place of prayer, visitors must follow the following requirements (including some established from the health crisis by Covid-19):

  • To enter, they must show a “green status” on the Alhosn app, which is required to visit the country. If they cannot use the application, they must show a complete vaccination certificate and a negative PCR test of less than 14 days.
  • Visitors who are not vaccinated must present a negative PCR result no older than 48 hours.
    Due to limited capacity, you must obtain a timed access pass at the page of the mosque.
  • It is important to respect the dress code of the mosque or they will not let you in.

Address: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street، – 5th St – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates. The mosque has a parking lot.

Time: From Saturday to Thursday from 09:00 to 22:00 (Last entry at 21:30)
On Friday, it is open from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm (Last admission at 11:30 am) and reopens from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Last admission at 9:30 pm) due to prayer times.

Cost: Free entry.

If you are planning a trip to the United Arab Emirates, do not hesitate to visit this monumental site. While Dubai is a more popular destination, Abu Dhabi is a couple of hours away and there you will find a cosmopolitan city that will not disappoint.

#TipAXM Although visiting it during the day is impressive due to the brightness of the marble that covers it, at night, the lights give it a new face. If you can, visit it at both times or a little before sunset.

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Foto: 123rf

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