11 Must-See Mosques in Abu Dhabi

When you think of Abu Dhabi, what comes to mind? The luxurious hotels? The incredible shopping? Or maybe the amazing food scene? While all of those things are definitely part of what makes Abu Dhabi so special, there is another side to this city that often goes overlooked – its mosques. There are several gorgeous mosques in Abu Dhabi, and if you want to learn more about them (or see them all), keep reading!

There are several mosques in Abu Dhabi, and many tourists want to visit them all. Here is a list of the eleven most popular mosques in the city:

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This mosque is the largest in Abu Dhabi and one of the largest in the world. It was built for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first president of the United Arab Emirates. Read more about Hidden Gems of Abu Dhabi

The Qasr Al Hosn Fort

This fort was built in 1793 and is now home to the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. It’s open to visitors from Sunday to Thursday from 08:00am to 02:00pm.

Jumeirah Grand Mosque

This mosque was built in 1987 and is located on the Jumeirah Beach Road. It’s open to non-Muslims every day except Fridays, so you can visit it if you’re not Muslim or don’t want to go during Ramadan.

Mariam Umm Eisa Mosque

This mosque was built in 2004 and is dedicated to Mariam Umm Eisa, the mother of Jesus. It’s open every day from 08:00am to 04:00pm.

Al Rahba Mosque

This mosque was built in 2006 and is open to visitors from Saturday to Thursday from 07:30am to 09:00pm.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque

This mosque was built in 2007 and is open to visitors from Saturday to Thursday from 08:00am to 07:00pm. It’s the second largest mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Al Mushrif Palace Mosque

This mosque was originally built as a palace for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, but it’s now used as a mosque. It’s open to visitors from Saturday to Thursday from 09:00am to 02:00pm and is the largest royal palace in Abu Dhabi.

The Flagpole Mosque

This mosque was built in 2008 and has been converted into a museum of Islam, with exhibits that show how Muslims live today as well as historical artifacts. It’s open to visitors from Saturday to Thursday from 09:00am to 06:00pm.

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Mosque

This mosque was built in 2009 and is dedicated to Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the father of Dubai. It’s open every day except Fridays and is the smallest mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Al Salam Mosque

This mosque was built in 2009 and is open to visitors from Saturday to Thursday from 08:00am to 07:00pm.

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque

This mosque was built in 2010 and is open every day except Fridays. It’s named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the father of Dubai.

Summary

When it comes to mosques, Abu Dhabi is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse structures in the world. From traditional Arabic architecture like Masjid Al-Falah with its onion domes, to modern constructions like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (one of the largest), there’s something for everyone here. So if you ever find yourself in this Emirate city, make sure you explore at least a few different types during your time there! Let me know which ones stand out as your favorites or what other buildings you recommend visiting when exploring new cities.

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