Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the marvellous architectural work, is one of the largest mosques in the world. The great mosque features spectacular onion-top domes, reflective pools and more. This article discusses the history, architecture and more information you need to know about Sheikh Zayed Mosque. 



The mosque dates back to the days of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is often called as the father of the United Arab Emirates. He was the first president of the country. UAE was brought to the modern world by him. He died in 2004 and was buried in the mosque. Later on, the mosque opened its doors to the public. 




The mosque has a capacity for an almost 40.000 worshippers. The most noticeable element of the mosque is that it features 82 domes, the largest is located in the centre of the main prayer hall. Additionally, the mosque also features 1000 columns, 24 chandeliers, in addition to reflective pools. It has one of the largest chandeliers in the world, 10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and 12 tonnes in weight. The first ceremony of the mosque was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site. 


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The usage of natural multi-coloured marble reflect an artistic vision. The colors of the walls, columns and carpet are in harmony, making the mosque a masterpiece. The mosque not only features vibrant colors, but also the glass work is great work. The glass displays traditional, symmetrical and repeated Islamic designs. Additionally, the calligraphy encircling the domes with verses from the Quran, painted with gold in An-Naskh lettering is a pleasure to the eyes. 


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Here is the architecture of the mosque in details:


The Domes and Minarets 


To clarify, the domes feature onion shaped crowns, crescent-shaped finials and pure white marble cladding. As for the minarets of the mosque, they are a combination of Mameluke, Ottoman and Fatimid styles. The mosque has four minarets, each is 106 meters tall. Each of the minarets consist of three different geometric shapes. The first is a square that forms the minaret's base, representing the Moroccan, Andulsian and Mameluke styles. The second is an octagonal shape, which is a Mameluke design. The third one is cylindrical shape, inspired by the Ottoman era. The fourth and last shape is the crowning lantern which is covered with gold-glass mosaic that dates back to the Fatimid era.


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The Carpets 


The mosque features great carpets. The main prayer hall has the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet. It was designed by third generation carpet maker and artist Dr. Ali Khaliqi. Te carpet is 5700 square meters and was made by approximately 1200 artists. It took them two years to finish the whole project.


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The Chandeliers


Moreover, the mosque features 7 crystals chandeliers, which were made by Faustig of Munich in Germany. The largest of the chandeliers is 10 metres across, 15 metres tall and 12 tonnes in weight. There are two smaller ones located in the main prayer hall, 8 tons in weight. There are other four blue-colored ones that are located in the foyer entrance that surrounds the mosque. 

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How to Visit the Mosque?


As the Mosque is one of the greatest and must-visit places in Abu Dhabi, Memphis Tours has many Dubai Trips and Travel Packages for you to select from.




Entrance to the mosque is free. Visitors enter through a small structure. There is a security machine and changing room where visitors chance into traditional clothes.


Sheikh Zayed Mosque Opnening Hours


  • From Saturday to Thursday Sheikh Zayed Mosque’s opening hours are 9 am to 10 pm.
  • On Friday, the Mosque stays closed during the morning hours and opens after 4:30 pm.


Opnening Hours during Ramadan


  • During the month of Ramadan, Sheikh Zayed Mosque opens at 9 am and closes at 2 pm.
  • When Ramadan is going on, the Mosque stays closed on Fridays.


Dress code for Sheikh Zayed Mosque


Apart from being a tourist attraction, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is an active religious place where people come to worship. This is why all visitors must follow the Mosque’s conservative dress code.


  • While visiting the Mosque, one must not wear pants, shorts or skirts which end above the ankle.
  • For both men and women, an opaque, loose-fitting outfit is advised.
  • Female visitors must cover their head and hair with a headscarf.
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