Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: A Day Trip From Dubai to Abu Dhabi

by 15/06/17Middle East, Traveling, United Arab Emirates6 comments

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi was my must see #1 in the UAE, when I did house sitting* in Dubai last april. If you want to read more about the capital of the Emirates have look at this blog post about Abu Dhabi!

 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: How to Get There?

If you’re in Dubai you have four ways to get to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque:

  1. With public transport (which is the most time consuming way)
  2. With the taxi (which is kind of cheap in the UAE, but, of course, more expensive than public transport)
  3. With a tour form your hotel
  4. With a rental car

I decided to get a rental car in Dubai and drove to the capital of the country. There are two highways and a huge parking lot in front of the mosque, so I don’t think you will have a problem with traffic or parking.

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: Guided Tours

Opening Hours are from Saturday to Thursday from 9 AM to 10 PM and on Fridays from 4:30 PM to 10 PM. Every day they offer free guided tours:

DaysHours
Sunday to Thirsday 10 AM , 11 AM and 5 PM
Friday5 PM and 7P M
Saturday10 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM, 5 PM and 7 PM

You can find more information here.

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

I arrived just in time to participate in the last guided tour of that day. It was perfect to see the sun just over the mosque.

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the biggest mosque of the country and the eigth biggest in the world. The space offers around 40,000 people the possibility to come together to worship.

It offers…

  • the world’s largest carpet (and with 47 tons probably the heaviest!)
  • the world’s biggest chandelier
  • the world’ biggest marble mosaic
  • the world’s biggest cupola on a mosque

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee von innen

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee im Innern

The guided tour lasted for about 45 minutes. Then we had to leave the prayer room, but we were allowed to go around outside.

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee geführte Tour

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee Gebetsräume

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: Sunset

In my opinion, sunset is a perfect timing to go to this mosque. It’s so beautiful how the atmosphere changes with the different lighting:

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

It got darker and darker and the Blue Hour started.

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

But suddenly, the sky was pitch-black.

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

Scheich-Zayid-Moschee

 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: Food

You don’t need to prepare a sandwich for your day trips to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Directly next to it, there is restaurant as well as a souvenir shop.

After three hours taking photos, I got myself a Coke and a pizza.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: Accommodation in the UAE

During my stay in the UAE I did house sitting which is why I can’t really give recommendations on accommodation.

But you can check out the following platforms: Tripadvisor*, Airbnb* or Hostelworld*!

PS: All the links with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links. If you buy something, I will get a small commission on it.

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