Best Time to Visit Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

Best Time to Visit Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Best Time to Visit Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
By Robeena Brown

November 24, 2022 | 13 min read

While you can visit the Grand Mosque any time, it's preferable to pick a morning trip or contact us for a late-evening tour in the summer, owing to the heat. Additionally, if you enjoy photography, you should go during the golden hour immediately before or after sunset. At these times, the building appears even more stunning in photographs since the sun reflects off it.

The ideal time to visit the mosque is in the evening, around 5:30 PM, when you can wander outside without being blistered by the intense heat searing your feet.

You can avoid the heat, which can be highly uncomfortable, by visiting in the morning or evening, especially from May to November, when it is the summer.

The Grand Mosque Abu Dabhi Mosque is breathtaking at sunset.

Like any well-known tourist destination, weekends are a little busier than weekdays.

If you linger for an hour, you can also enjoy breathtaking views of the mosque against the setting sun. Continue walking for a little while to see the mosque lit up against the sunset. However, you can visit the mosque in the afternoon when there are fewer people around if you'd rather avoid the crowds in exchange for enduring the heat.

How Long Does Grand Mosque Take?

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Most people explore Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque between 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Intricate decorations and features can be explored for 30 to 60 minutes after the 60-minute guided tour of the mosque.

You could require an additional 30 minutes on weekends and other busy days due to long lines.

Plan accordingly because the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is enormous, measuring more than 12 hectares (30 acres).

Nighttime views from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque are breathtaking. The white columns are more strikingly reflected in the courtyard's pools, which sparkle against the night sky. To reflect the moon's phases, a unique lighting system projects blue-grey clouds of changing intensities onto the mosque's outside walls. Every two days, the mosque's colour gradually shifts from white to blue, deepening as the moon gets smaller. The mosque is illuminated in its darkest blue on the fourteenth night of the cycle to denote a "no moon." Additionally, the lights are intended to create the appearance of clouds moving across the mosque.

Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi Facts

  • The mosque, which was designed in the Ottoman style, features a massive courtyard that can hold up to 30,000 people.
  • The mosque has seven chandeliers with 40 million Swarovski crystals that are constructed of brass, stainless steel, and 24 karat gold.
  • The hall's roughly 76 columns show a flawless fusion of Islamic and North African architectural design.
  • Additionally, it features two little side halls that can fit 10,000 people and are designated especially for women to use as places of prayer.
  • The main draw of this place is the Qibla wall, which faces Mecca and is etched with 99 of Allah's names in Kufic calligraphy.
  • There are also reflective pools at this mosque that shine at night.
  • The Sheikh Zayed Mosque was built at a cost of more than $500 million.
  • All natural resources, including valuable stones, marble, gold, and crystals, were used in the mosque's construction.
  • Several languages, including Arabic, English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and Korean, are represented in the library in one of the minarets.
  • The largest hand-made carpet in the world is proudly displayed in the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Over 60000 square feet in size and weighing around 35 tonnes, the carpet is made of Iranian cotton and New Zealand wool.
  • The mosque has seven chandeliers. The largest chandelier in the world is suspended behind the mosque's main dome. This gold-plated beauty is made of millions of Swarovski crystals.
  • The stunning minaret design incorporates Mamluk, Ottoman, and Fatimid architecture elements.
  • For having the best lighting design in the area, the mosque was given the "Middle East Lighting Design Award 2008."