Day 6 of 30 Days of Travel – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
For this 30 Days of Travel story we’re including 2 images of this impressive building. While most travelers visit the Burg Khalifa in Dubai, just a short car ride away is another modern masterpiece – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Completed in 2007, the mosque can hold over 41,000 worshippers. The mosque’s architecture draws on my different traditions and famous landmarks, including inspired by the Alexandrian Mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque in Egypt, Persian, Mughal, and the Indo-Islamic mosque architecture, particularly the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore. The layout and domes were directly inspired by the Badshahi Mosque. While this mosque’s archways are excellent examples of Moorish architecture. And the minarets have a very classic Arab design. It’s a modern building that reflects the rich history of the region.
Travel tip: Visit on a weekday to avoid the crowds as this is a popular site. Stick around until sunset when the mosque lights up with beautiful rotating colored lights. Catch an informative tour to view the interior. Robes with head coverings are provided, but it’s still a good idea to dress respectfully – long pants or a long skirt and a long sleeve top (men too). There is parking at the mosque.
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Photos: Genevieve Hathaway Productions