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Q. When is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque open?

A. Our opening hours are 9am to 10pm DailyThe Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is closed for tourism activities on Friday mornings and will reopen for visitors after 4:30. We are also closed on the first day of Eid-Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.

Q. Is there an entry charge?

A. No, admission to the SZGM is free. However, there may be an admission charge for special exhibitions and events. 



Q. Does the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque conduct guided tours?

A. Yes.  Every day the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque offer free guided walk-in tours for individuals and groups of up to ten persons. Click here for schedule Tours are led by Emirati Culture Guides who will take you and other members of the public around the mosque explaining various elements of the architecture and Islamic culture.  You should arrive approximately 15 minutes before the tour time and our Visitor Experience coordinators will be there to greet you and assist you in joining a tour. The tour is approximately 45-60 minutes in length.

Q. Where do the tours start (meeting point)?

A. From the north arcade entrance. Ask any of our friendly operations team (security or ground staff) where the tours start and they will be happy to guide you to the right meeting point.

Q. Does the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center provide transportation services to the mosque?

A. No, visitors must make their own way to the mosque (taxi, bus, personal car or walk)

Q. Are children allowed to visit and join the tours?

A. Children are welcome to visit and to join the tours. Parental guidance and supervision is a must.

Q. Does the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center provide traditional dress to wear free of charge?

A. Yes, you can borrow the long dress (abaya) and headscarf (shaya) from one of the service desks. Kindly return them to the service desks at the end of your tour.

Q. Can I bring along my own headscarf?

A. Yes, you can bring along your own head scarf. It should cover the hair and NOT be transparent.

Q. Where is the entrance to the car park?

A. You can park your car in the NORTH and SOUTH car parks clearly marked by the signboards. These are located on the SIDE entrances to the mosque.

Q. Can I give the Culture Guide a tip?

A. The Culture Guides are not required to be tipped. It is a pleasure to receive guests from around the world, which is reward enough.

Q. Are there bathroom facilities available?

A. Plenty of male and females bathroom facilities available.

Q. Is smoking allowed?

A. Smoking is NOT allowed on the mosque grounds.

Q. Is there drinking water available?

A. There are drinking fountains located around the mosque arcades (made of green marble). Our ground team will assist you in finding the closest fountain.

Q. Why can’t I take food and drink (even water into the mosque).

A. Many of the architectural features of the mosque (particularly the delicate marble and carpet) must be handled with care to ensure they are protected. This precaution ensures that the carpets are protected against accidental and costly damage.

Q. Can I visit without a guided tour?

A. Yes, the mosque is open from 9am – 8pm daily and is only closed for prayer times.

Q. What are the physical demands of the tour?

A. The guided tours do involve some walking on the outside and inside – low level intensity. During the summer months guests should drink plenty of water during the tour at one of the fountains available.

Q. Can I take photographs and video?

A. Yes, photos and video are allowed for personal use, we ask that the small building (mausoleum) is not photographed. Professional film makers and media establishments must obtain prior permission by contacting

Q. What languages are the guided tours conducted in?

A. Currently the Culture Guides offer tours in English and Arabic.

Q. How long does the tour take?

A. The tour takes 45 to 60 minutes.

Q. I wish to respect the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as a place of worship. What should I consider for my visit?

  • Dress appropriately on arrival.
  • We are here to help. If in doubt, ask one of our ground staff who will be more than happy to assist you!
  • Do not touch the copies of the Holy Quran (books) found inside the prayer halls.
  • Do not take photographs of people praying or of National people without asking their permission first.
  • Do not take photos of the mausoleum (small building located on the north side of the Mosque).
  • Do not smoke on the mosque grounds.
  • Supervise children appropriately


Q. Are facilities for special needs guests?

A. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center does not have specific programmes available, however, there are wheelchairs available for guest, please see you Visitor Experience Coordinator to know the location.

Q. Is there a ‘Big Bus’ stop at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque?

A. Yes; located at the main (front) entrance. Times table can be found on the bus, which arrives every 30 minutes 5 minutes and 35 minutes past the hour.


Q. Why can’t I take photographs of the Mausoleum?

A. In respect of the Late President HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, photographs of the mausoleum are not allowed, as it is a private building. Photographs are allowed in all other areas. Remember, it is considered rude to take photographs of people without their permission.

Q. Can I film inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque?

A. All video filming inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque must have prior permission. Please click here for details

Q. Why are some areas ’chained off‘?

A. Touching and standing on certain architectural features work can damage it. Whilst the chains prevent visitors from standing and touching some of the delicate feature of the architecture, it also acts as one of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque‘s security strategies; preserving the architecture for future generations.

Q. Can I draw or sketch inside the mosque?

A. Yes, however chalk-based products and charcoal are not permitted in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque internal rooms as dust picked up by the air-conditioning may damage the carpets.