Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, one of the UAE’s most famous and eye-catching buildings.
The people of Dubai can witness this breathtaking Mosque by visiting it through public transport or in their car. The car seems an expensive option, but it provides comfort and eases the person. One opportunity to consider is to rent a car for a day trip. Many possibilities are there, but Camaro rental in Dubai can be helped to provide both comfort and low cost of travel.
1. Glimpse into the past
Grand Mosque gives its visitors an insight into the past of the Middle East and compels them to praise this fantastic artistic building. The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi is named after the name of the nation’s father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al -Nahyan. It was built from 1994 to 2007. The project was started by president Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al -Nahyan to combine the Islamic World’s diverse cultures. He is buried in the courtyard of this Mosque.
2. Location and Area
The Mosque is spread around an area of more than 30 acres which has the capacity to accommodate more than 41000 people. The main entrance is tilted 12° towards the south of true west to align it directly in the direction of Kaaba.
3. Structure of Mosque
The Grand mosque consists of 4 high rising minarets, each with a height of 100m approx. It was constructed under the administration of the Head of state, Sheikh Zayed. Chief architect Yusef Abdelki kept Badshahi Mosque and Al-Abbas mosque in mind while designing this masterpiece. More than 3000 laborers, under the supervision of 38 companies, constructed this Mosque.
4. Ways to get to SZG Mosque from Dubai
The people of Dubai can always rely on public transit to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, but that is not the most convenient option.
Some other alternatives such as:
- Booking a cab from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, which may take around 90 minutes to take you to your destination
- Take the Personal chauffeur service in Dubai if you own a car but are not willing to drive it.
- Take Tour group services if you like to go along with the group and also want to know about the Mosque through the guide.
- You can also drive yourself if you like to drive and want to enjoy the journey toward the Mosque.
- A bus is a cheap option as it takes you to your destination at a significantly less cost.
5. Best Medium of Transport
Several ways are mentioned, but the most feasible ones are either through public transportation/Tour Busses or going on your personal vehicle.
Two buses have their routes from Dubai to Au Dhabi.
- Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to Abu Dhabi Central Bus station
- Ibn Battuta Mall to Abu Dhabi Bus Station
After your arrival at Abu Dhabi Bus station, you can take the local Bus, namely service 94, to get to the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi.
Although this mode of transport is cheap, you may consider renting a car from Dubai and arriving at the gate of Sheikh Zayed Mosque with ease.
6. Visit of Mosque
There is zero entry fee to enter the Mosque, and it is open to the public from 9 in the morning to 10 in the evening every day. There is a different time on Friday, i.e., 4:30 pm till 10:00 pm.
There are many free tours given every day, which are the cherry on top for tourists. The guided tour is conducted in English and Arabic only, with a time span of 45 minutes. The visitor can ask questions from the guide.
The guides are reluctant to take any fees for this tour.
7. Facts about the Mosque
The grand Mosque holds a lot of fascinating facts. Some of them are :
- This is one of those mosques in UAE where there is no compulsion of being a Muslim to visit. A non-muslim can visit the Mosque but should respect it as a holy place.
- It possesses 82 domes and 1000-plus columns with 24-carat- gold gilded chandeliers.
- The floor is covered with the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet.
- It is the largest in UAE and the third largest Mosque on planet Earth.
8. Frequently Asked Questions
Tourists are willing to visit this fascinating Mosque, but their minds are bombarded with a lot of questions
. Some of them are answered below:
Q. What is the fare to enter?
Free, THe Mosque is free to enter
Q. Cost of Construction?
It cost UAE government a sum of 545 million dollars to construct.
Q. Can A non-muslim visit the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi?
Yeah! This Mosque is one of the few that allows the non-muslims to enter.