During the eid holidays, me and my friends had a quick visit at the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It was actually my second time to visit the mosque but I must say, i felt exactly the same way during my first visit. I was still so amused and mesmerised by its beauty. It’s just brilliantly beautiful. All those intricate details, patterns and those enormous chandeliers will just captivate you.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosqiue is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 41,000 worshippers. 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.
We arrived at the mosque around 6:30pm just in time for the sunset which is perfect. Also, the weather around that time was bearable so it was good decision on our end.
Please note that you’ll be required to wear an abaya (for ladies) if you’re wearing clothes that shows too much skin otherwise you’ll not be allowed to go inside (the hair should also be covered). The mosque provides abayas free of charge but you can bring your own too (for hygienic purposes).
This is me trying to be serious because my boyfriend told me he thinks it’s just ‘proper’ not to smile on this instance because it’s a mosque.
Unfortunately, the more you tell me not to smile the more I tend to do it. Controlling smiling/laughter is one of my greatest weakness.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open to tourists everyday from 9am to 10pm except for Friday mornings. When you’re visiting the UAE, it should be definitely on your itinerary.