Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi

 

 

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This mosque is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life, more beautiful than the spectacular Taj Mahal. Both are made of marble but the mosque is the biggest marble edifice in the world.
When I first entered, I felt completely amazed by its beauty, its purity and the incredible atmosphere there.
The Taj Mahal is very impressive too, but I guess it is less amazing because we use to see it way more often on TV, Ad, movies, etc.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the 9th biggest mosque in the world. We feel very small there and I could spend hours in admiration for the beauty of the details in the marble.
We can see inside the biggest carpet and the biggest chandelier of the world. Not less.
You can definitely not go to Abu Dhabi and miss this treasure.
To enter the mosque, women have to have all their body covered except for the face, and by covered I mean with large and flare clothes. No leggings (I wish I shouldn’t have to write this but I know some women think it’s casual clothes 🙄) or slim jeans are allowed. To avoid any trouble, you can simply wear an abaya (the local dress) and cover your hair with a scarf, a veil or a hoodie. You can borrow an abaya for free when entering the mosque in exchange of your ID (I think they don’t accept passports though!).

Men are allowed to enter only if they have their knees and shoulders covered. They can also borrow the local outfit at the entrance. The long white dress for men is called dishdasha and many men in the mosque wear it “for the experience”, but it’s really not mandatory as you can see at the end of this article.

My advice to you would be to go just before the sunset, to see the white of the white walls but then to be able to see the color of the sunset on the marble. That is even more amazing…

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The biggest chandelier in the world

 

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More information :

The visit of the mosque is free.

It’s open for tourism activities from Saturday to Thursday, from 9AM to 10PM (1PM during Ramadan) and after 4.30 on Fridays.

And here is

 

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