Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, was built in honor of the country's first president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, who died in 2004.
It is the largest mosque in the country and one of the largest and most modern in the world, you can visit regardless of the religion that is processed, with the only condition that women have to go covered from head to toe and to access the interior you have to take off your shoes.
It has capacity for more than 45,000 people, but the most impressive thing is its pure white marble color with the mixture of gold details everywhere.
The interior of the mosque is the place where most luxury can be seen thanks to the chandeliers that hang in the main hall and which are made of Swarovski crystals and covered with gold. It also highlights the largest carpet in the world that weighs 47 tons and was finished inside because you could not finish it off and then adapt it. It was woven by hand by more than 1,200 Iranian women and has more than 2,200 million knots and an approximate value of several million dollars.
The mosque is far from the city center and there is nothing to visit in its surroundings so the best way to get there is by taxi from the center or the airport for an approximate price of 10-15 euros.
The best time to visit the mosque is an hour before the sun sets to enjoy it both day and night with its spectacular lighting.
The best place to photograph the Mosque is the Wahat Al Karama, a place created to contemplate it in an impressive way. From the parking lot of the Mosque a bus leaves every 30 minutes that leads to this point that almost nobody knows and is very little traveled.
The price of admission is free, which together with its beauty, makes it the main attraction of the city and the country.
Visiting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. except on Fridays, which open at 4:30 p.m. since mornings are reserved for Muslims to pray.