Spotlight Thursday – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

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Spotlight Thursday - Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday is from my visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  I was living in Abu Dhabi for 11 weeks and using my time to explore and learn more about the culture.

The Grand Mosque was the dream of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.  Sheikh Zayed died before completion was buried on the grounds next to the Mosque.  His sons ensure their father’s dream was completed.

The Mosque was designed to promote the cultural diversity of the Islamic world and showcase modern and historical architecture and art.  It features elements from the three main styles of Islamic architecture: Persian, Mughal and Moorish. The main prayer hall’s carpet was handmade in Iran and is 60,570 sq ft.  It took over 1,000 people two years to make.  It is made from New Zealand and Iranian wool.  In the Mosque hang seven chandeliers that were made in Germany using Austrian and Italian materials.

The Mosque has a strict dress code when visiting.  Women must cover their heads and arms and legs should be covered for both sexes.  Covering are provided for those without correct attire.

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Spotlight Thursday - Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

22 Replies to “Spotlight Thursday – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi”

  1. Sofi leen

    I remember the first time I went to the UAE and looking all over the internet for the information you’ve placed so well here! Thanks for sharing ?

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    • Jennifer Post author

      I wish I had more time to explore. I was there for work and way outside the city so I didn’t explore as much as I would have liked.

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  2. Sophie

    I recently went to the Islamic art museum in Kuala Lumpur and learnt about the different styles of mosques. Now I really want to go and visit some more. This one looks amazing. So beautiful. 11 weeks in Abu Dhabi sounds great!
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    • Jennifer Post author

      Their art is amazing. They are one of the few religions still building pretty places of worship. They haven’t forgot the art their religion developed.

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    • Jennifer Post author

      It was an adjustment. It was hot and humid all the time. Basically everything had to be done in the early mornings or late evenings and sometimes even then it was unbearably hot. It was fun until Ramadan started and then everything had to happen at night.

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  3. Megan Donoghue

    Thanks for featuring the mosque! I spent time in Dubai, though I was disappointed after I returned home that I hadn’t made time to spend a little while in Abu Dhabi. Really does look like it’s a fabulous destination to visit, and I’m a big fan of religious and cultural tourism so I would love to spend some time at the grand mosque.

    Thanks for the added inspiration!

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    • Jennifer Post author

      I like Abu Dhabi much better than Dubai. It felt less like a big city full of money and more friendly. It is worth the visit and learning about the relgion.

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  4. Mia

    Beautiful photo! I’m so interested in going to Abu Dhabi but I haven’t done much research yet so thanks for the great information. I hope I can make it one day soon. I love the idea of a post that features a different place with your photographs. It’s a great way to use photos that didn’t make it into another story as well as another way to talk about a destination you love!
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    • Jennifer Post author

      Despite being fairly young in terms of buildings, it does have amazing history. It is well worth the visit and some time to explore.

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