Sheikh Zayed Mosque is located in the capital of the UAE in Abu Dhabi and is its main attraction. It is a monumental structure made of white Italian and Greek marble, which is amazing with its luxury. Construction began in 1996, in which specialists from many countries took part. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque was officially opened in 2007 and is one of the 10 largest mosques in the world.
- Outdoor and indoor environment
- Visiting rules
External and internal setting
The walls of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque are decorated with gold and gems. All rooms are decorated with many precious and semiprecious stones and mother-of-pearl, and the columns, floors and arches are decorated as if flowering vines were twisting along them.
Inside the Sheikh Zayed Mosque lies the world’s largest handmade Iranian carpet, which took about 2 years to create.
The center of the mosque is decorated with a 10 m diameter chandelier made from over a million Swarovski crystals.
The mosque is open for free visits daily from 09:00 to 12:00 (except Friday). Both Muslims and people of other religions can come here. The entrance is free.
To enter the territory, you must follow some rules:
- no smoking;
- go in with food and in open clothes;
- it is customary to take off your shoes when entering the prayer hall.
Tourist women do not need to be in abaya (black Arab women’s dress with sleeves.), The main thing is that the head is covered, the arms are closed to the hands and feet to the feet. If your clothes do not meet the requirements, then on a small deposit you can get abaya for free. You cannot be photographed in beach clothes against the background of the mosque. Police officers ply along the perimeter of the mosque to monitor morality.