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Welcome to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

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The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Initiated by the country’s first President, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, it is arguably one of the most important examples of contemporary Islamic architecture in the UAE.

As one of the most visited buildings in the UAE, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center was established to manage the mosque’s day-to-day operations; not only as a place of worship and Friday gathering, but as a center of learning and discovery through its education and visitor programs. The mosque’s ‘doors’ are open for everyone to come and appreciate the splendor of the building, take a guided tour, or simply visit to enjoy the tranquility and artistic splendor.

 

HELPFUL GUIDELINES FOR YOUR VISIT

 
OPENING HOURS

 

Our opening hours are 9am-10pm daily*.

*The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is closed for tourism activities on Friday mornings.

 

Our general visiting hours during the holy month of Ramadhan are from Saturday – Thursday 9:00am to 12.00pm and you may walk through on your own.

*The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is closed for tourism activities on Friday

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ENTRY FEES

All our tourism services are offered free of charge. There are no entry fees for the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

A fee may be payable for admission to some exhibitions or events.

Mosque Manners (including dress code)

We kindly ask all visitors to respect our religion and place of prayer by following these simple requests: Visitors must be dressed appropriately on arrival; if not, entry will be denied.

 

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• Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing; long sleeves, long skirts and trousers.
• No transparent (see-through) clothing.
• No shorts for men.
• No shorts and skirts must be ankle length.
• No tight clothing, no swimwear and no beachwear.
• Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes.
• Headscarf for ladies is essential (these can be provided when you arrive).
• Intimate behaviour; i.e. holding hands or kissing is not acceptable in a Muslim place of worship.
• For safety and respect to worshippers, visitors should stay within the areas of the mosque that are permitted and not roam freely around. Smoking and food are not allowed in the mosque area.
• Visitors are requested not to touch the Holy Quran (Holy Book) and other architectural elements inside the main prayer hall.
• ALL women will be asked to wear a traditional robe (abaya) and headscarf (shayla) before entering the mosque. Guests may wear their own, however, must be closed (not open abayas) and non-transparent.
• Children are to be supervised at all times by parents. Personal safety must be observed at all times.  (Note: The architecture includes several reflective pools and should be avoided at all times by children).
 

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

There are a number of wheelchairs available for use. Your Visitor Experience Coordinator will be happy to assist you upon arrival. Currently there are no extra amenities or special services for the elderly or special needs visitors.