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The Grand Mosque

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published April 25th 2015
Insha'Allah
The breathtaking grand mosque
Insh'allah


The Grand Mosque on Sheik Zayed road is just that - grand, pristine, and quintessentially, proudly, Arabian.

The mosque is breathtaking. Like most people I find places of worship in other countries more impressive than my native home, but the Grand Mosque truly is impressive.

The Grand Mosque
Entering the mosque


It's a tourist hot spot and I can see why. The striking, pristine white of the pillars, traditional Arabian details like the shaped windows and domed pillar tops with gold accents and flower designs make it a work of art.

It's not just pretty to look at though, its majesty is through its vastness and clean lines from the identical pillars to the polished marble floor. Families and groups of friends came out in droves when my sisters and I attended over the Easter weekend; it was busy, but also organised.

Stunning architectur
Proper pillars


Members of staff are on hand to show you where the guided tours begin and where the (underground) toilets are.

An abaya is a traditional Arabic black form of dress which covers women's bodies from head to toe. Out of respect, women are required to wear one before entering the mosque. Don't fret if you don't own an abaya - the mosque provides visitors with one. Men are free to wear what they like.

Mosque
Enjoying the Arabian sun


There are two parts to the mall - the tourist area where one of the halls is and the prayer area. Before you enter the hall, visitors must must remove their footwear.

It's a fun and enlightening experience for all. You'll learn a little about Islamic prayer on the guide, but also get to indulge in some serious home-decor inspiration.

The Grand Mosque, tourist, worship,
Interior inspiration


The mosque is a beautiful testament to Islam and shows how truly inspiring the faith is.
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Why? To enjoy the beauty of Islam
When: Saturday - Thursday 9am - 10pm
Phone: 957 02 419 1919
Where: Sheik Zayed Road
Cost: Free
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