If you’ve heard of Abu Dhabi you’ve probably heard of Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Grand Mosque of the Emirate. You may not know that in the UAE there’s actually more than 5250 mosques and musallahs and the figure is rapidly increasing. There are over 650 places of worship in Abu Dhabi (I’ve sourced that number from a listing of venues for the Eid prayers).
Most places of worship deliver the Friday sermon in Arabic. However there are a few mosques in which the sermon is delivered in Urdu, Malayalam and English for the benefit of expats and non-Arabic speaking travellers. Every mosque I personally visited catered for female worshipers.
I had the pleasure of visiting a number of mosques (masajid is a more appropriate term) and musallahs, some of which are within a 2 minute walk away from each other.
Shaikh Haamid bin Batti mosque
Omeir Bin Yusuf Mosque
I’m pretty sure that this is the mosque located next to Kalyan Jewellers in Abu Dhabi. It’s the only mosque in the vicinity that I can vaguely see on the low-resolution Google Earth images.
Masjid Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Awwal
Decent sized masjid in the middle of the city with plenty of parking. Perhaps there are too may fluorescent lights within?.
Jaami’/Masjid Bilal Bin Rabbah
Masjid Al Baladiyah
This is located next to the Abu Dhabi City Municipality building.
I liked its minaret.
It’s not currently listed on Google Places.
Jaami’ / Masjid Al Kauthar
There are 2 buildings on the site but it seems like prayers are only opened within one of them.
Masjid Muhammad Maani Ar Rameshee
Jaami’Ateeq Bin Raashid
Masjid Ali Bin Murshid
Jaami’ Abdullah Hameed Al Habishee
Masjid Mohammad Ahmed Ya’roof
I tried very hard to locate Madina Zayed mosque (which according to Here Maps should be across the road from the Abu Dhabi Municipality Building) and Zayed 2nd Mosque (which should be behind Etihad Square) with no success. Even Google Maps doesn’t list many places of worship correctly – this had me walking in circles in the blazing hot sun at times.
And finally there is:
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The mosque was constructed between 1996 and 2007 and the design is influenced by Mughal, Persian and Moorish architecture. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates with a capacity exceeding 40,000 people, a lenght of 420m and width of 290m.
There are 82 domes of 7 different sizes and 4 minarets.
There are over 1000 columns in the structure.
The 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers imported from Germany incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals .
The musallah (prayer mat) is the world’s largest hand knotted carpet.
Rules listed on site:
To check the prayer and visiting times, visit szgmc.gov.ae
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