Money Mosque // Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Cover

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is, like everything else I’ve posted about up till now, massive. It is beautiful. It is overwhelming. It looks expensive.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Silhouette

Following the format of traditional Mosque architecture, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque features a massive central courtyard where visitors are asked to remove their shoes before entering. Nose plugs for this portion of your visit are highly recommended…

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Courtyard

The impressive scale of the building is made more astonishing by the materials used. Things like 24-karat gold, Swarovski crystals, marble, mother of pearl, and Iranian rugs amplify the impression of grandeur.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Interior 1

In case you ever visit the mosque and, for some reason, forget to look up, the following is a photo of the largest chandelier I have ever seen:

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Interior 2

Bordering the Mosque are beautiful, blue reflecting pools. If you are able to look past the glaringly large budget and in-your-face type of appearance this building has, you may be able to recognize that it is a very beautiful place.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Reflecting pool 1

Especially in the “winter” during sunset.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque reflecting pool 2

This is a must see attraction in the UAE. It is definitely a tourist trap, and you will be pushed around and stepped on by people trying to take stupid pictures of their dumb family. But, if you are able to look past that, you will see something you won’t see anywhere else in the world. You might even have a spiritual revelation…

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Domes

…or an upset stomach from the stench of sweaty socks and dirty shoes.  

Back to studio! I count at least seven more posts about the UAE. So… bear with me…




  1. Beautiful pictures Omar. What a fantastic trip. Thank you passing them along.
    We had a big launch at the Lumindeo event. About 650 people who seemed very enthusiastic over our latest program. Chason has been to Ugonda at the end of the year to record some stories and i am anxious for you to see the videos. Africa is so beautiful.
    More later friend,

    1. Thanks a lot Gaylen. I’m glad to hear the event went so well! It would be really neat to see what Chason comes up with from his trip. I’ll be checking the Lumindeo site regularly for updates!
      Happy February!

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