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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was completed in 2007 and is one of the largest and most impressive modern mosques in the world. It’s a must-see sight for anyone visiting Abu Dhabi, with free entrance and free guided tours available. Visit on a day tour of the city or on a day trip from Dubai.
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From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour
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Abu Dhabi: Half-Day Guided City Tour
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From Abu Dhabi: Grand Mosque, Royal Palace, and Etihad Tower
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Abu Dhabi: 4-Hour City Tour with Sheikh Zayed Mosque
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Abu Dhabi: Day Trip from Dubai with Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Ferrari World
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6 tips for visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque | Flickr: Artur Malinowski CC BY 2.0
Take your time to explore and take photographs. The beautiful walkways and gold and white decoration make for striking pictures, so make sure you see everything and make the most of your visit.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque | Flickr: Artur Malinowski CC BY 2.0
The mosque is a place of religious worship and visitors are asked to dress appropriately. Women should wear long sleeves, a long skirt or loose trousers, and a headscarf. Men should wear long trousers and cover their shoulders. Transparent materials, profane slogans, and beachwear aren’t allowed. Women can borrow an abaya if necessary.
Abu Dhabi can reach scorching temperatures during the daytime, especially in summer. You can avoid the heat and crowds by visiting early in the day or as the sun begins to set.
If you’re visiting without a tour guide and you know what time you’ll be visiting, consider booking in advance. This pre-registration will help you enter the mosque as quickly as possible. Booking online is free!
Remember to pack for the day! The gleaming white building reflects the sun, so you’ll definitely need sunglasses, and anything else you can think of that will help you stay cool.
Food and drink aren’t allowed inside the mosque so please make sure you don’t have any in your bag. There is a café at the visitor center if you need to grab a bite to eat or a drink.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque?

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is named after the man who commissioned it, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was president of the UAE for 33 years. He died in 2004 and is buried in the courtyard of the mosque. The mosque was conceived as a celebration of the diversity of Islam, and the architecture combines different schools of Islamic style and design as well as elements of modern and post-modern architecture. It is influenced by historic mosques in Egypt, Persia, and Pakistan, with Arab minarets and archways that reflect the Moorish style one might see in North Africa or parts of Spain. The courtyard is considered to be the largest marble mosaic in the world, with material brought from North Macedonia, South Tyrol and other areas of Italy, India, and China. The building is actively used for religious worship, with over 41,000 people visiting during Eid alone. As a result, the mosque is closed to visitors on Fridays until 4.30 pm and has shorter visiting hours during Ramadan, but you are welcome to enter for prayers or to join the congregation for worship. Read more.

What will I see inside the mosque?

The guided tour will point out the many elaborate design features of the mosque. For example, your guide will point out the three different calligraphy styles which are in use throughout the mosque. You’ll also be able to enter the main prayer room, which is only available to visit on a tour or if you’re participating in worship, where you’ll see the world’s largest carpet. The carpet weighs 35 tonnes and was worked on by more than 1,200 craftsmen. It took about two years to complete. You’ll also see the other areas of the mosque, including the beautiful columned arcades, the pools that reflect the columns and the sky, and the courtyards. Read more.

Do I need to take a guided tour?

The official tours are free so you may as well! Having said that, the lines to join the tours can be long, so you may be better off booking a half-day or full-day tour of Abu Dhabi which includes a visit to the mosque. Official tours take between 45 minutes and an hour and will fill you in on the history, architecture, and religious significance of the mosque. Alternatively, you can pick up an e-guide, which includes audio commentary in Arabic, English, Chinese, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Urdu, French, Japanese, and Russian. The audio guide covers the internal and external architecture of the mosque as well as the story of Sheikh Zayed, details about Emirati national dress and culture, and information about Arabic calligraphy. The e-guide is free to rent, but you’ll need to leave a form of ID with the service desk as a deposit. Read more.

Is the mosque accessible for disabled visitors?

The UAE uses the term ‘people of determination’, and in recent years has made strong efforts to ensure that attractions are accessible. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is no exception, and paths are designed to be easy to access by wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are also available to be borrowed on-site from the visitor center. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The mosque is open for visitors from Saturday to Thursday from 9 am to 10 pm and on Fridays from 9 am to 12 pm and then from 3 pm to 10 pm. Last admission on all days is half an hour before closing time. During the month of Ramadan, the visiting hours are specified online. During Eid-al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha, the mosque is open as usual from Saturday to Thursday. If you wish to join for prayer or worship, then please feel free to check the times of prayers and services online and join the congregation.


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Entrance to the mosque is free, and the official guided tours are also offered free of charge. Tours with an external tour guide, which may include entrance to other attractions and transport to the site, will charge for their services.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

how to get there

The easiest way to get to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is to take a taxi, which is relatively cheap within Abu Dhabi. Alternatively, local bus numbers 32, 34, 44, and 54 stop nearby. There is a parking lot at the mosque for visitors who are driving themselves.
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