Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, one of the main tourist attractions in the UAE, is now open for nighttime visits as part of its 16th-anniversary celebrations. The cultural night tour, known as ‘Surah’, allows visitors to experience the mosque’s serene atmosphere and its nighttime beauty.
The initiative also accommodates travelers on transit flights who wish to visit the mosque briefly. To facilitate this, visitors must book in advance through the website. The mosque is open from 10 pm to 9 am, and the visit duration is 40 minutes. Multimedia guides in 14 languages, including options for the visually and hearing impaired, are available during these night visits. Additionally, special programs explaining the mosque’s historical background are offered to visitors.
Over the past 16 years, the Grand Mosque has welcomed 67 million visitors, including global figures like Pope Francis, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Egypt, and Prince Charles. It has also earned several accolades, including Guinness World Records for the world’s largest carpet and chandelier.
The mosque, a pinnacle of Islamic architecture, is a major attraction for tourists. It stands as one of the best tourist destinations in the Middle East, transcending its religious significance to represent the cultural values of the UAE among the world’s nations.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque plays a significant role in reviving Islamic civilization. Visitors can book their visit through the website.