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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, United Arab Emirates

From series “15 Unofficial Man-Made Wonders of the World”
Year: 2007.

Located in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. It was named in honor of the first President of UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The official opening of the mosque took place in 2007. The premises occupy 5 627 square meters.  Walls of the mosque can accommodate up to 40 000 people simultaneously. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque amazes with its elegant decoration. It is a true world champion by a number of features.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, United Arab Emirates One of the main specialties of the mosque is a huge carpet spread over the entire area. It was woven by more than 1 200 people. The carpet weighs about 47 tons. Furthermore, in the mosque you can see one of the world's large chandeliers whose diameter is 10 meters. In total there are 7 chandeliers made of gold leaf and decorated with Swarovski crystals.

Literally the whole world participated in construction and design of this incredibly wonderful mosque. The best architects from the United States took part in the process. The marble for the construction was supplied by China and Italy. Luxurious trim parts were manufactured in Austria and Germany. Unlike many other mosques, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open for free visits. All guests can take a walk through its halls, enjoy pleasant coolness in the heat of the day and admire the artistic design. It s a great experience to visit a mosque in the evening, when its facade and rooms are lit with artistic illuminations. Next - Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'FGB ATM' located in 1.11 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Europcar Emiartes Motor Company Airport Road' is located in 2.84 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'ADNOC Service Station' in 2.1 km
Supermarket: 'Captain Baqala' in 0.46 km
Parking: 'Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Parking' in 0.29 km
Police station: 'General Head Quarters' in 0.91 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Mangiamo italian restaurant' in 0.88 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Bateen Airport AZI - in 2 km
 »  Abu Dhabi Airport AUH - in 17 km
 »  Al Dhafra Airport DHF - in 19 km
 »  Al Ain International Airport AAN - in 116 km
 »  Dubai Airport DXB - in 129 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Sheikh Zayed Mosque

"The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal"

Located in 1 km from Sheikh Zayed Mosque
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Rooms: 447
All rooms open onto lush gardens with direct views of the pool, gardens or Grand Canal. Each room offers a satellite TV, a Nespresso machine, a … More: photo, rates and booking
Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi

Located in 2 km from Sheikh Zayed Mosque
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Rooms: 281
Each room at Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand has modern European décor with Middle Eastern-inspired details. All have a seating area with a … More: photo, rates and booking
Centro Capital Centre By Rotana

Located in 3 km from Sheikh Zayed Mosque
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Rooms: 414
All rooms at Centro Capital feature a modern décor and are fitted with classic furnishings. Each room offers a small seating area with a coffee … More: photo, rates and booking
Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate

Located in 4 km from Sheikh Zayed Mosque
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Rooms: 224
All accommodation at Novotel feature great views of either the city or the canal. Each room offers a satellite TV, a minibar and a wardrobe. The … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Sheikh Zayed Mosque
0 km - Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is in a top six largest world mosques. Its decoration adores everybody and it is quite hard to find alike mosque in the whole world. The mosque was named in honour of the first president of the United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al …
Capital Gate
4 km - Capital Gate
The legendary Capital Gate skyscraper is located in Abu Dhabi. It is a true world leader in terms of the level of tilt at present. The height of the skyscraper is 160 meters. Specialists of the famous architectural firm RMJM London worked on its project. About 2.2 …
Headquarters of Aldar
10 km - Headquarters of Aldar
In Abu Dhabi, you can see a great circular glass building. The circle is embedded in the ground and resembles a glass disk. ALDAR Laing O’Rourke – the main contractor of this building – has chosen the place for Headquarters of Aldar. The unusual building was …
Ferrari World
15 km - Ferrari World
In the United Arab Emirates is the best entertainment park for the fans of high speed and those tourists who dreamed of becoming professional racers. It is Ferrari World (world of Ferrari). The park was opened in 2010 and was immediately known worldwide and incredibly …
Flower Clock in Abu Dhabi
18 km - Flower Clock in Abu Dhabi
There is the incredibly beautiful and unique floral clock in Abu Dhabi. This Arab city is a sister town of Geneva. Gardeners of this Swiss city has given a symbolic and unusual present. The set of flowers is located near the Great Mosque and the Sheraton Hotel. This …
Starbucks Coffee Shop
99 km - Starbucks Coffee Shop
Starbucks restaurants are also incredibly popular all over the world, they are especially popular with coffee fans. In Dubai, travellers will have an opportunity to visit one of the most luxurious restaurants of the network. It is located in the picturesque Persian …

Top destination around Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi

The indigenous people are very sensitive to their houses. You shouldn’t enter a living room with your shoes on. Naturally, visitors are very unlikely to remember all traditions and customs of Abu Dhabi, but learning some basic rules and etiquette will not be superfluous. For example, the locals never greet each other with a handshake. Here it is replaced with a small bow. During a walk in the city a man and a woman should not hold their arms even if they are legal spouses. Drinking alcoholic beverages is allowed in specially designated areas only. The locals have quite severe rules concerning the consumption of alcohol. In general, the townspeople are very friendly with visitors. They are characterized by unhurried type of communication and helpfulness. Many of the local people speak English, so it will be really simple for tourists to find a "common language" with them.

Local people are generous and hospitable. They usually meet guests in a special room called "majlis". In the center of the room there is always a large table, on which are served dishes with dates, nuts and other treats. The room is traditionally decorated with most luxurious carpets and posh interior. In this way owners of the house are always ready to accept new guests. The only thing they need to do is to serve fragrant Arabic coffee. Guests, in their turn, must try a bit of fujal - a delicious snack made of nuts and dried fruit.
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