The impressive Sheikh Zayed Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi. Its breathtaking appearance blends together architectural styles from different Muslim civilizations, celebrating cultural diversity. Its various design ideas were borrowed from parts of Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan, and Egypt, among other Islamic countries.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (also called “The White Mosque” sometimes) is truly an architectural marvel, and a jewel of both Abu Dhabi, and the whole Islamic world. The mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshipers, while the main prayer hall can hold over 7,000. There are two smaller prayer halls, with a capacity of 1,500 people each, one of which is the prayer hall for women. The carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the world’s largest carpet. A number of beautiful chandeliers inside incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals. Its many columns are clad with natural multi-colored marble and inlaid with mother of pearl.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque construction was originally launched by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1996. It took eleven years to complete, and in 2007, the Grand Mosque finally opened its doors.
Tourists are welcomed to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque during the day between prayer times. It is important to keep in mind a strict dress code inside the mosque for both men and women.