UAE is famous for its beautiful mosques. The mosques in Abu Dhabi are especially well known for their grandeur. Most of these famous Abu Dhabi mosques also have unique features and follow the different architectural designs from around the Muslim world.
Mosques are a place for worship. However, they also represent architectural marvels and have cultural significance. Hence, even when non-Muslim tourists visit the UAE, they are often interested in Mosque tours.
If you live in Abu Dhabi or plan to visit the capital city soon, continue reading to know more the stunning mosques in Abu Dhabi.
Mosques in Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the UAE and the third largest in the world. This architectural wonder was built over 12 years by 3,000 workers and it can accommodate 40,000 worshippers.
Each of the four grand minarets are 107 metres high. While the 57 domes are decorated with dazzling white marble. The interiors of this glorious Abu Dhabi mosque is decorated with gold-plated chandeliers and the world’s biggest chandelier is also present here. Similarly, the mosque has the world’s largest carpet. If you only have time to visit one of the many beautiful mosques in Abu Dhabi, this one should be your pick. Sheikh Zayed Mosque is part of all mosque tours for non-muslims in Abu Dhabi.
All you need to know before visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
What is the entry fee to the mosque?
Entry is free.
Can I take Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque guided tours?
You can take charged mosque guided tours to the mosque with many tour operators. The administration at the mosque also conducts guided tours. Three tours are conducted on weekdays, two on Friday and five on Saturday. However, such tours take place only for large groups.
What can I wear for my visit?
It is advisable to wear modest clothes when you visit any mosque. Preferably a full-sleeved shirt and pants. Women should also cover their head. There are abayas and other traditional clothing available for free in the mosque as well, in case you haven’t come prepared with your own.
If you sign up for mosque tours for non-muslims in Abu Dhabi, you will be given guidance about clothing.
Where is the mosque located?
Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Abu Dhabi
How can I contact the mosque management?
You can call at +971-2-419-1919
When can I visit the mosque?
Saturday – Thursday: from 09:00 am to 10:00 pm | Friday: from 04:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan Mosque
Inspired by Moroccan architecture, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan Mosque is located on Hameen Street. This is one of the few mosques in Abu Dhabi which represents the architecture of another Muslim country. The square minaret and overlapping roof tiles are typical of a Moroccan styled mosque. The front entrance’s arches and glowing lanterns give it a surreal feel.
This isn’t one of the biggest or most famous mosques in Abu Dhabi; however, its design is unique. Moreover, Al Reems Island’s diverse population is reflected by those who attend prayers here. The mosque opened in 2011 and gradually the visitor’s numbers have increased. Residents of rental villas in Al Reem Island prefer to visit the mosque for prayers as it is the most convenient place of worship in the area.
Al Aziz Mosque
The collaboration of LUCEM Lichtbeton & APG Architecture and Planning Group, the construction of this mosque was conceptualised as per a contemporary design. The architect of this beautiful mosque in Abu Dhabi is the APG Architecture and Planning Group, responsible for many prominent projects in the UAE. The unique and impressive facade elements were designed, produced and installed by LUCEM Lichtbeton.
The use of light-transmitting concrete energy in the construction makes the structure unique. Panels with 99 names of God are installed on the outside walls. At night this technology enables the back-lit display to appear, making it a beautiful sight. While in the daytime, it forms a stunning visual with natural stone and art design incorporating a shadow of calligraphy created by the sun. The different angle of sunlight bring out different colours in the façade and it displays 99 names of God. It is truly a sight to behold.
Al Aziz Mosque located on Hazza Bin Zaid the First Street is one of the larger mosques in Abu Dhabi and can accommodate 2,270 people. The modern interior design features square and triangles, rather than the rounded forms used in traditional Islamic architecture.
Al Kareem Mosque
Also developed by APG Architecture and Planning Group, Al Kareem Mosque is built according to modern design principles. The square shaped design is a unique way to approach for a mosque’s design, but the end result is stunning. The Dome is topped by a striking crescent, while the interior combines multi-foil arches. Different patterns are stamped on the wall to give it a unique look. It is located on Al Kasir Street, Abu Dhabi.
Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque
This mosque built in 1989 was initially known as Mohammed Bin Zayed Mosque. However, in the year 2017, it was renamed as Mariam Umm Eisa, which translates to Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque’ by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
The decision was taken to promote co-existence and harmony between different religious communities and highlight the similarities between Islam and Christianity. This stunning mosque has four distinct minarets. If you reside in a rental apartment in Al Mushrif, weekly visits to this mosque for Friday prayers is convenient
Fatima Belhoul Al Suwaidi Mosque
This one is of the smaller mosques in Abu Dhabi with one minaret. However, its design makes it worth visiting. The metallic and glass panels give it a unique look. Located in Al-Khalidiyah, this mosque welcomes over three hundred worshippers every day.
The capital of the UAE has developed a lot in the last couple of decades, especially when it comes to attention-grabbing cultural, entertainment and leisure destinations. There are many family attractions in Abu Dhabi worth visiting. Similarly, you can the enjoy many beach activities in Abu Dhabi Corniche or visit impressive museums in Abu Dhabi.
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