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  • Address: Al Maqtaa
  • Hours: Saturdays - Thursdays: 9am-10pm, last entry is at 9:30pm; Closed for tourism activities on Friday mornings for worship and opens at 4:30pm

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest in the United Arab Emirates and eighth largest in the world, rises majestically from Abu Dhabi and serves as the central place of worship for citizens of the emirate. The massive white structure can accommodate around 40,000 people and is home to the world’s largest marble mosaic in the courtyard and the world’s largest carpet which is within the main prayer hall.

Thousands of workers from three dozen design companies worked to make the mosque a reality, resulting in the most expensive mosque on earth. White marble was imported from 28 different countries to complete the mosque, as well as chandeliers from Europe—the world’s most valuable—and carpets from Iran.

Despite the cost of construction, the mosque offers free admission. Visitors should wear loose-fitting clothing, including a long skirt or pants and long-sleeved shirts. Women must wear a head scarf within the mosque, so please bring your own as they are not provided at the mosque. It’s also a good idea to wear sunglasses, as all that white marble gets very bright.

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