Masjid Sheikh Zayed / Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Located just outside the capital of UAE, Abu Dhabi, and about an hour's drive from Dubai, Masjid Sheikh Zayed is the largest mosque in the UAE and the 8th largest in the world. It's named after the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the founder and the first President of the UAE. It occupies a site the size of 5 football fields, and can accommodate about 40,000 worshippers at any one time.
Visitors are greeted by a myriad of columns and domes when they first enter the Masjid area
Believe it or not, there are about 1,000 columns along the foyers that surround the Masjid's open "courtyard"
The design inside of one of the domes in the foyer. In total the Masjid has about 80 domes
The outer entrance into the Masjid's 17,000 square meter courtyard. View from the courtyard to the outside. The courtyard by the way can accommodate about 23,000 worshippers
The main entrance into the Masjid which would bring you into the main entrance hall
The main entrance hall area wall is decorated with beautiful inlaid floral designs
The door which leads you into the main prayer hall, also adorned with inlaid floral designs
The view from across the courtyard under the outer entrance
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre has a wealth of information about the mosque on its site, and if you're planning to visit this beautiful mosque, the centre conducts a complimentary guided walk-in tour several times a day at fixed times although these times may change from time to time throughout the year to avoid prayer times.
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