The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world. The mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshipers. There are 7 crystal chandeliers, 82 domes and over 1,000 columns in total. It’s white marble shines brightly against the blue sky and orange desert around it. It is one of the most beautiful sights we’ve visited.
Blue tiled pools line the outside while thousands of marble columns boarder the main square area. Looking straight ahead you see the grand domes and are immediately in awe of how beautiful this place is. Security guards line the square and like hawks, ensure you follow the roped off paths and maintain orderly behavior. No touching each other when taking pictures. After taking in the beauty of the outside halls, we made our way to the center dome. After taking off our shoes and placing them in a nice little shoe rack, we entered the opulent main room. The crystal chandeliers and mosaic-patterned walls take your breath away.
It’s an incredibly peaceful place and a must-see during any trip to Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Things to note when visiting the Grand Mosque: There is no entry fee; it’s completely free to visit. Women need to wear a scarf over their heads, roll down pants and shirts so no skin is showing. Don’t wear tight pants. Sandals are ok. There is not a speck of dirt in the whole place; it’s impeccably clean. If you don’t have a scarf, like me, you can exchange your ID for an abaya. I looked like I was from Hogwarts!