Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Mother of pearl, colorful crystals, exquisite white marbles, crafted gold and precious stones, the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi is grand in every possible way. While we were visiting Dubai with the family on a holiday, we planned a day trip to Abu Dhabi, especiallyto visit this magnificent mosque.

Grand Mosque Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi, the sister city of Dubai and the capital of UAE has been attracting tourists from all around the world with its beautiful beaches, shiny skyscrapers, and artistic buildings. What we loved about Abu Dhabi is the fact that although the city has paved way for a lot of modern developments, it still has a strong connection to its historic and cultural roots.

Grand Mosque Abu DhabiAs we started from Dubai early morning, we decided to begin our tour with the mosque as our driver said it gets pretty crowded later in the day. We have to confess we were quite in awe of this iconic landmark when we caught the first glimpse of the place as we stepped out from the car. The pure white domes of the mosque looked picture perfect against the clear blue sky.Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

Grand Mosque Abu DhabiGrand Mosque Abu DhabiThe outer façade has a pristine blue pool and a courtyard with about 1084 artfully designed white pillars. The mosque being a sacred place has instructions signs placed all over explaining the do’s and don’t’s within the mosque premises. There is a strict dressing code of both men and women, hence we ladies had to wear the abayas, so as to cover the head, arms and legs. The mosque provides the abayas for free at the mosque dressing room, which is located just after the courtyard. Also do remember that you will have to remove your footwear before entering the main prayer hall.

Grand Mosque Abu DhabiGrand Mosque Abu DhabiGrand Mosque Abu DhabiOnce we got inside, we were dumbstruck with the magnificent crystal chandelier that was hung in the foyer. But as we entered the main hall we were greeted with even more beautiful and grander chandeliers. The hall is a masterpiece of its own with pillars carved with mother of pearl, intricate wall and dome carvings, and special hand-knotted carpet (one of the largest in the world). One can easily spend hours going through every minute artistic detail in this stunning place.

The grand chandelier in the foyer

The grand chandelier in the foyer

The main prayer hall

The main prayer hall

Grand Mosque Abu DhabiGrand Mosque Abu DhabiGrand Mosque Abu DhabiGrand Mosque Abu DhabiGM8Grand Mosque Abu DhabiGrand Mosque Abu DhabiGrand Mosque Abu DhabiThe Grand Mosque provided us with a perfect opportunity to explore and enjoy the opulent Arabic architecture with the peaceful and clam atmosphere.

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11 Comments

  1. August 9, 2015    

    Whoa! Such wonderful dream like captures.
    Terrific shots!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 9, 2015    

      Thank u Indrani 🙂

  2. August 9, 2015    

    Great Post !

    New Video is up –
    One Jumpsuit= 12 Different Looks

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 9, 2015    

      Thanks Ananya 🙂

  3. August 9, 2015    

    You’ve really captured the details very well in your pics. The mosque is grand and one of the finest example of Islamic architecture

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 10, 2015    

      Thank you Somali!

  4. August 11, 2015    

    Ooh! Magnificent indeed — both inside and out.
    Love those reflection images. 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 13, 2015    

      Thank You 🙂

  5. September 25, 2015    

    I loved the architecture at Sheikh Zayed Mosque, since Abu Dhabi is my home – I ve been many times here 😉

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 26, 2015    

      You are lucky to get to visit the Mosque frequently! We visited just once and still in awe about its beauty! 🙂

  6. September 29, 2015    

    It’s very lovely architecture, pure white facate, pillars and so many designs inside… good they provide abayas to go in, else women who don’t generally ear them will miss the oppurtunity to check out this mosque!!

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