Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi – a photo blog

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.

The entrance to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

The blue pools at the approach to the mosque

The corridor

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The mosque courtyard

Majestic structures

The artistically designed walls and the high ceiling

Such an amazing chandelier

Prayer areas inside the mosque

The window design

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.

Sunset at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

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Beautiful dusk colours

The corridors and the tall columns, at night

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi at night

The mosque facade visible from the road, at night

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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109 thoughts on “Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi – a photo blog”

  1. I so much agree with you here, when I was in Dubai for a layover and visited the city, I was not impressed by those huge structures and sky-scrapers. I love history and architecture apart from nature and adventures. This will definitely be a place I would love to spend few hours exploring each and every corner of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

    1. I’ve been to the mosque at least 5-7 times now because I always take my family, relatives and friends here. It’s so beautiful!

  2. Hi,

    Thank you for such beautiful and valuable details about and mosque. I am curious to know which camera did you use for taking pictures?They are very high quality. I’m myself a photography in Dubai and know the worth of your images.

  3. I’ve also been to the Grand Mosque and it is indeed stunning. Those inlaid semi-precious flowers all over the walls are one of my favorite features. It’s a must visit when in the UAE.

  4. What a beautiful mosque! I love the details that I always find there are in mosques. Those corridors at night are just so magical all lit up. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen written about in UAE. I love seeing the other things other than Dubai’s skyscrapers.

  5. Wow, this is such a thorough view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque! I have recently seen so many pictures of it in my Instagram feed but they all are of the courtyard. I love how you have captured the intricate details of the mosque and how your photos show it all throughout the day. Lovely night shots. Can’t wait to visit Abu Dhabi!

    1. I love this mosque, have been there several time and don’t mind going back again 🙂

  6. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is so beautiful – my eyes can barely take it all in. I love how your pictures capture it at different times of day – I think it is very stunning at night time, it feels so magical! I’d love to visit one day.

  7. I love your pictures of the Mosque. I visited the Grand Mosque December of 2015 and just fell in love with it. The pristine white of the buildings makes it a photographer dream.

  8. WOW! I agree with you – I’d lean more towards loving this architecture than the tall skyscrapers. The chandelier is amazing (I concur) and I love that you were there during the day and were able to get photos at dusk and after sunset too. The blue pools really add a nice contrast against the white building.

    1. I’ve been there several times, at different times of the day 🙂 Since I live in the UAE, trips to the mosques (especially to show friends and relatives visiting us) are frequent!

  9. WOW! This is one mosque I have been dying to see. It looks so grand and beautiful. I was recently in Sharjah and Dubai. And, I almost made it to Abu Dhabi. I really love the mosque architecture in the middle east. For sure next time I am checking this one out.

  10. I’m in love with this mosque, too! I love the shape of the doorways. And the patterns and designs on the walls. It would be so amazing to wander around and take it all in.

  11. I find the architecture of the Middle East with its vibrant colors very inspiring to study. But the mosque at Abu Dhabi is a stunning example in pristine white. Sometimes color adds life and sometimes it just distracts, isn’t it 🙂

  12. I think this was a brilliant idea, to see it during the day, sunset and at night. The photos definitely turned out great and the mosque is high on my bucketlist.

  13. Although I’m not a religious person at all, I do like visiting temples and religious buildings when I’m my travels mainly for the stunning design and architecture. almost all have such intricate design and this mosque looks more like a palace, I love how it lights up and the colors at dusk look amazing.

  14. Hi Medha,

    Nice to read your views about Grand mosque. Have you gone Desert safari and Ferrari world? I’m not seeing your post here.

    1. Yes Shedi, I have. Haven’t written posts specifically on them though. Is there any specific information you’re looking for?

  15. The Grand Mosque is undoubtedly the gem of Abu Dhabi. Your photos bring alive the grand structure so evocatively in the post. The mosque is indeed a glowing tribute to its builders as it stands like a poem etched in stone.

  16. This place is so beautiful! It looks very much like a castle from dreams. I love the intricate detail. You can tell so much care was put into making it.

  17. I have been to Dubai many times, and to Abu Dhabi a couple of times. Unfortunately, my visits to Abu Dhabi were short and work related. I didn’t have a chance to visit any attactions. Next time, when I am in the country, I will try to spend more time in Abu Dhabi and go to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    1. It is the ONE thing in Abu Dhabi that I would recommend you to visit if you’re able to spare a couple of hours 🙂

  18. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an architectural wonder for me. The combination of the white exterior, the blue pool and the colors of the dusk is really striking. Thank you for sharing with us your awesome pictures!

  19. What a gigantic structure! I love the contrast of the blue pool with the shiny white domes of the mosque. The geometry inside the corridor is something really enticing. I guess it is a throwback to the golden age of that civilization.

  20. Wow, this is a stunning Mosque! I love the all white and the clean look as well. Would certainly love to visit one day.

  21. I honestly had no idea that this existed until now! It is crazy beautiful, and I feel like it should really be more widely known! Although I am sure that they would not be good in terms of crowds. I would love to see this myself someday.

  22. The Grand Mosque’s architecture is amazing. Your pictures are incredible it makes you feel like you are there:) I love the blues with the white simply breathtaking

  23. Indeed it is totally grand and majestic. Who needs carpeting?!
    It is so shiny clean, no wonder who must walk without shoes on. I would be furious when the floors got stained.
    I wish to visit this mosque!

  24. You have a serious eye for detail! I can’t believe how different the mosque looks in the daytime vs. nighttime. I’ve never been to Abu Dhabi but would LOVE to go there one day. My friend recently visited this mosque and couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks. Now I see why!

  25. I’ve visited Dubai, and was amazed by the arctitecture there, but have not yet visited Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque looks like reason enough to visit alone! Definitely an impressive structure – the entrance is so stunning. From the blue pools, the the marble courtyard, I don’t know where I would want to spend the most time! Amazing photos – and thanks for the tip on catching the sunset and dusk here – night lighting gives it a whole new life.

  26. What a beautiful bunch of photos! A former co-worker of mine recently moved to Abu Dhabi, so this post definitely puts me in mind to go visit her!

  27. We visited the Grand Mosque back in 2012 and loved it. As you said, respectable clothing is a must. We always wore long pants and shirts when we were in the Middle East to respect the locals, but it surprised me how many tourists we saw in shorts, even around or trying to enter the Grand Mosque.

    1. Fortunately, you can rent the required clothing in the mosque, I am not surprised that people do not wear pants and shirts, most other places in the UAE do not really require you to 🙂

  28. Oh great building. Totally agree. I think the courtyard is my favourite part – it really rams home how big it is! Although the corridor at night is also quite something.

  29. What a beautiful work of art this building is. I wouldn’t even mind wearing the women clothing to tour this building. Could spend hours wandering around.

  30. I don’t blame you if this place is your favourite coz I have seen some photos before and since then I wanted to visit it one day. Stunning architecture and its good to know that its open visit for the public on certain days.

  31. I would love to see the Grand Mosque! I have seen many impressive photos from the UAE (I have two friends who live in the area) but out of all of them, it is always the mosque that attracts me the most, just like you say! Your photos are beautiful, I understand why you wanted to see it at different times of the day, it is just stunning!

  32. I wish we still built things this grand. I can only imagine how much more beautiful it is at sunset and sunrise. It looks especially wonderful lit up at night.

  33. Wow – great post, and the photos are excellent! It looks like you used a wide-angle lens to capture everything…smart move on your part, as it really gives viewers a sense of the size of the mosque. Well done!

  34. This place looks so magical. I really liked that you made photos of each stage of the day, just fantastic. The part with the windows was also interesting. And also it’s good that you have places where you can get the needed clothes to enter to this masterpiece! Great job on the article 🙂

  35. I have to say, although I’m not a religious person in any way (I’m an Atheist) I do like visiting certain temples around the world just for the amazing designs and architecture that goes into them. This one here looks just breathtaking and I can see why you were in Awe of it. Love the look of it as the sun starts to set, I bet that was incredible to witness

    1. I’m not a religious person myself but so many temples around the world have incredible architecture! This is one of my favourite worship places from around the world because of its sheer beauty 🙂

  36. The pictures look amazing! It looks so clean and perfect too! i must visit here if i ever have the chance! The blue pools look stunning too! Great post

  37. This looks simply breathtaking. the blue pools look almost fake don’t they? I have never been to Abu Dhabi but this is the second post I have come accross in a matter of days and its making me want to make the trip! Ill start saving!

  38. I’ve heard great things about Abu Dhabi but had no idea the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was so stunning. You have such a great eye for photography. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  39. Love that you visited at different times and really captured the way that the light changes the way one appreciates the architecture. I think I particularly love the photo showing the inlaid marble walls where vines of flowers creep up the walls from the bottom, they are so pretty.

    1. Thanks Kavita. I have visited this mosque several times, to show it to friends and relatives who visit us in the UAE 🙂

  40. Wow these pictures are gorgeous! I would love to go to Abu Dhabi some day. A friend of mine moved there when we were in high school together with her family but I never managed to visit. The mosque looks really stunning though!

  41. My biggest regret living in the Middle East was hat I never made it to the Grand Mosque. It is such beautiful architecture

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