We took a day trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to tour the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. We hired a driver through the hotel and it took us about 1 1/2 hours to get to the Mosque.
Since we were in Dubai during Ramadan, this meant we would be touring the Mosque during Ramadan.
The Mosque was closed to tourists on Fridays and had limited hours during Ramadan. Also, since Muslims fast during daylight hours, the cafe was closed.
However, we were glad that tourists and non-Muslims were allowed into this amazingly grand space!
We were prepared and respectful of the very strict dress code.
You can look at their website for details but in a nutshell, if you are a woman, you must be covered from the top of your head to your feet-including hair, wrists and ankles. (Abayas are provided).
Men, of course, were seen in shorts and t-shirts, which hardly seems fair on a sweltering hot 110 degree day but who am I to judge?
Speaking of judging, a group of men will decide, upon entry, if a woman is dressed appropriately. Men and women will also use separate entrances.
If this is not to your liking, suck it up or don’t visit the Mosque.
Oh-and you will remove your shoes but the cool tile will feel good.
Tip-take your shoes off in the shade and not in the hot sun like a fool!
The Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, which is the capital city of the UAE. It has beautiful reflective pools, 82 domes, the worlds largest hand knotted carpet and if can hold about 40,000 people. Impressive huh?!
…and did I mention the 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers?
The entire place is peaceful and beautiful and well worth a visit!
We also drive by Emirates Palace, a super swanky Hotel, as well as the gate to the presidential palace for the president of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa.
We were in the neighborhood so why not!
Next up…the Amalfi Coast