I cannot deny how much I am in awe of this beautiful monument! Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi is perhaps my favourite place to see in this country and although some might beg to differ (after all, the United Arab Emirates is home to some of the world's most popular skyscrapers and architectural wonders such as Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab), personally I have not been mesmerised by any other structure, in its wholesome beauty, the exterior as well as interior, as I have by this mosque.
I have visited this mosque during the day as well as sunset and dusk and managed to capture spectacular images on my trips. This is a photo blog of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi, all the way from its marble white facade that is visible far from the road, to the tall columns inside which are absolutely breathtaking in their majesty and intricate design, the artistically carved glass windows, the colossal chandeliers that hang from the ceiling and the gorgeous patterns on the floor as well as the walls. Enough said! Here are my pictures:
The impressive building is visible for afar and as you approach, the grandiose of the structure will impress you. It is one of the few mosques in this region that allow tourists to enter (except on Fridays). However, respectable clothing (covering arms, legs and the head, for women) is expected. Don't worry if you aren't in the required clothes, you can borrow an 'abaya' or 'kandura', the local dress, from the entrance.
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Not only is the mosque beautiful during the day, catching the sunset and dusk here is something I would totally recommend. The white structure in the dark backdrop of the blue / black sky is as charming as it is during the day, if not more. Even better, during the night, the mosque is beautifully lit, making it yet more photogenic during the late hours.
Now you see why I love Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque so much? For more information on location, how to get there and entrance timings, please click here.
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