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“Better from a distance”

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
Ranked #1 of 160 things to do in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Oppressive and more than a little bling, this place carries no history. As a new build, I find it a little vulgar that construction workers are flown in from around the world with promises of riches only to be accommodated in shanty towns and then forced to create ostentatious structures like this one that cost over half a billion USD.

It looked nice from a distance and slightly better at night but once inside I felt uncomfortable, scrutinised and looked down upon.

Their rules are strict, especially for women which is no surprise in an Islamic place of worship however it felt that the guards were simply there to tell people off for being western. I can't imagine such behaviour in a European cathedral.

They had a substantial PA system and some interesting lighting which interested me more.

I didn't enjoy my visit and was glad to leave.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

It is one of the few places in Abu Dhabi that is not dinner or brunch.
The place is amazing and the atmosphere is magical specially during the sunset.

Recommend

Thank HugoLeonardoS
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The grand mosque is simply magnificent. The marble is exquisite and the design and architecture is something to behold and appreciate. While I am a Christian, I deeply respect and admire this great temple and the solemnity of worship here. It is a place that one must see and feel the tranquility of it’s peaceful spirituality. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit and we will come back again.

Thank Jasper N
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

It's one of the prettiest mosque I have ever seen. Women will have to wear Abaya and Men would need to have clothes covering knee (shorts wouldn't work) so be prepared accordingly. Inside the mosque you would notice one of the world's biggest chandelier and carpet laid out in the praying area.

Thank Sorabh_Marwah
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

A must see if visiting Abu Dhabi. It is stunning! Just before dusk is a great time to visit as the lighting makes this even more beautiful.

Thank Frankie M
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