Before 2015 was over, I had one thing left on my wish list, to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. I’ve been there a couple of years ago, but didn’t quite have the time to visit after it’s renovation. So on the last few days left in 2015, I decided to take a visit to the breathtaking mosque that tourists all over the world fly in to visit.
The mosque itself is extraordinary, made out of natural long lasting materials such as gold, marble stone, crystals, and semi-precious stones. The front entrance is beautiful, with fountains surrounding the inner courtyard of the mosque, marble columns and mosaic ceilings. It amazed me how people created this incredible piece of work combining both modern art and culture. To enter the mosque, all ladies must wear an abaya and men can’t wear shorts. They do give out abaya’s to ladies who haven’t got any of their own, but I wore an abaya I had from home, one from Morocco.
The mosque is even more beautiful on the inside. It’s so peaceful and quiet. Just walking around relieves you from stress, calms you down, and opens your eyes to the beauty that surrounds you. If you’re visiting Abu Dhabi, paying a visit to see this magnificent mosque should be on top of your list! If you want to learn more about the mosque during your visit, there are daily tours that take you around and explain the history of the making of this master piece. Despite the large amount of visitors, we didn’t get to go inside. I recommend visiting the mosque in the first hour that it opens to the public, otherwise the crowds will just keep getting larger. However, not going inside just means i’ll be coming back for more, hopefully in the near future!
All photographs taken by Jordan Janszen