Last January 12, 2013, I joined my colleagues in the medical field for a tour in Abu Dhabi. Tours like these were Do-It-Yourself and Chip-In method which is very popular in our hospital. I am happy to joined fellow Nurses, Filipino, Malaysians and South African – United Nations indeed! Out Itinerary includes Zayed Mosque, Heritage Village, Marina Mall and Yas Island Attractions – all for 50 AED, not bad. Yalla!
Joining Tawam’s Hospital Nurses
Early to reach Abu Dhabi, our first stop is the Zayed Mosque. It will be my third time to visit the famous mosque in Abu Dhabi and since I am on my rebirth of blogging, I wouldn’t miss now telling you my beautiful experience in this mosque.
Grand Mosque Cascade
miniature inside the mosque
If Burj Khalifa or Burj Al Arab is the icon of Dubai, for me, I may say that the Grand Mosque is the tourist flagship of Abu Dhabi. You will see it on postcards, tourism campaigns and logos.
The Mosque incorporates not only a tourist spot but also melting pot of rich cultural, religious and political significance to United Arab Emirates. It is the largest mosque in the country and the eighth largest mosque in the world. It is also the site of very importance Muslim prayers and holidays such as Eid and Ramadan. Floor space is large enough to accompany whooping 40,000 worshippers during these important Muslim events. Architectural wonders and Guinness records also inside as the largest handwoven carpet inside and the largest Swarovski chandeliers. Lastly, The mosque is also the site of funeral and tomb of the founding father of UAE, the great Shiekh Zayed..
ceramic designs on the walls of the mosque
swarovski crystals chandeliers
“This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 41,000 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. (http://visitabudhabi.ae)”
One of the things I would highly recommend to fellow Travelers is to visit the Mosque late in the afternoon. For you may feel the breeze and see the wonderful colors of the mosque. I haven’t seen the majestic night lights so I think I’ll be back there on my fourth time and will do it on the afternoon.
with Inigo boy!
For Female travellers, I recommend to bring their own scarf and wear clothing acceptable to Islam cultures. For Male travellers, wear pants rather than shorts when you plan to visit it. The place is absolutely admission free and open to all people, across cultures and religion.
dress code to be observe
Opening hours: Unlike other mosques in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open daily to visitors, except on Friday morning, which is for worshippers only. Complimentary one hour guided tours run (Sun-Thurs) at 10am, 11am and 4.30 / 5pm. Friday times are 5pm and 7.30 /8pm and Saturday 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30 /5pm and 7.30 / 8pm.
Ramadan opening hours: During the Holy Month the mosque is open daily except Friday from 9am to 12pm (midday), and the one-hour complimentary tours start at 10am and 11am.