01 February 2011

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi, UAE

To reflect the spirit of Islam, a religion of peace, education and tolerance, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open to visitors of all nationalities for educational tours.

My curiosity was satisfied upon getting to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Outside the Mosque, there was a security in charge who make sure that people who takes pictures outside are doing it in a decent way. There was a couple beside us where the man placed his arm around the woman's shoulder and the security came and informed them that it is not allowed. 

There is a small room on the right side of the entrance where ladies should get their abaya. That is the black dress that cover the ladies including their hair. It is free of charge and they are newly washed. Taking pictures and videos are allowed. Upon entering the main Mosque, shoes should be removed. 

Visit guidelines and information on the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque can be found below. From their website.
 Dress and Behaviour Code
We kindly ask all visitors to respect our religion and place of prayer by following these simple requests: Visitors must bedressed appropriately on arrival; if not, entry will be denied.
  • - Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing; long sleeves, long skirts and trousers
  • - No transparent (see-through) clothing
  • - No shorts for men
  • - No shorts and  skirts must be ankle length
  • - No tight clothing, no swimwear and no beachwear.
  • - Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes
  • - Headscarf for ladies is essential (these can be provided when you arrive)
  • - Intimate behaviour; i.e. holding hands or kissing is not acceptable in a Muslim place of worship
  • - For safety and respect to worshippers, visitors should stay within the areas of the mosque that  are permitted and not roam freely around. Smoking and food are not allowed in the mosque area
- Visitors are requested not to touch the Holy Quran (Holy Book) and other architectural elements  inside the main prayer hall

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