Abu Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the most photograph mosque in the United Arab Emirate.  The all white architecture is divine and it’s in the United Arab Emirates’ capital — Abu Dubai.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the most iconic mosque in the Muslim world.  Every Muslim country has its re-known mosque to visit but the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a spectacle among the newly built mosques in the world.   The “Unites the World” construction derives from the utilization of long-lasting qualities of natural materials from different countries around the world, which includes Italy, Morocco, Turkey, Iran, United Kingdom, China, New Zealand, Pakistan, Malaysia, Macedonia and the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dubai

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The view of the mosque from the highway

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was on my agenda for my last full day in the Emirates.  I woke up around 6:30 AM, got ready, grab some breakfast and coffee at a nearby coffee shop then hopped on the train from the Dubai IFC station to the IBN Battuta Station.  The first bus to Abu Dubai was around 8:00 AM and the train ride took about 30 minutes.  Abu Dubai is a little over an hour ride from Dubai via bus at the IBN Battuta Station. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dubai

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Panorama of the mosque

I went inside the IBN Battuta Station to buy my ticket.  It costs about 30 AED (i.e., 8 USD) each way.  However, it’s not a city bus making multiple stops but only two stops.  It’ll skip the first stop if there isn’t any passengers wanting to be dropped off there.  The last stop is at the Abu Dubai bus station where I had the option of taking the city bus or cab to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.  The cab ride was about 30 AED and the cab drivers only took cash. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dubai

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Photosphere of the mosque

I had to buy a local Abu Dubai metro pass via credit card inside the Abu Dubai Bus terminal.  It only cost 5 AED for the ride to the Mosque.  There were multiple buses going in and out of the terminal; the bus drivers were kind enough to point to which bus was heading to the Grand Mosque.  I hopped on the correct bus and it was a 20 minute ride to the Grand Mosque.  However, there is only one stop near the Grand Mosque, which was a quarter-mile away from it. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dubai

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Panoramic of the mosque

I made the mistake of thinking there was another stop.  I got off on the next stop which was on the freeway and two miles away from the Grand Mosque.  I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal cause I’ll hop on the next bus heading back to the mosque.  I was wrong as the bus stop was located on the other side of the freeway and there wasn’t a way to get to the other side.  Therefore, I had to walk back in the blazing sun, through sand, climb a freeway over-passed and climb back down then walk through a construction zone to get back to the Grand Mosque.  It was a journey.

However, it was worth it.  As I walked up to the mosque, it gave me the feeling of seeing a new city for the first time.  It reminded me of when I first set my eyes on Kyoto, Tokyo, Rome, Athens, New York, Petra, Luxor, Barcelona, Paris, and so forth.  It’s the smile that comes on my face and the excitement of finally arriving at your destination. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dubai

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The view of inside the mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque had separate entrances for women and men.  It’s a full security scan of your bags that resembles the TSA checks at airports.  In addition, women had to wear hijabs and no cigarettes or smoking devices were allowed on the premise.  It’s a small price to pay to see one of the most stunning piece of Islamic architecture in the world. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dubai

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Back of the mosque

The white building cause a glare from the sunlight.  The mosque was spotless without a stain and the gold-embroidered columns were immaculate.  The details of the designs were beautiful; the vibrant colors on the columns shine with its white background.  The marble floors created a mirror effect depending where I stood inside the most.  It looked like a body of water within the mosque.  It’s definitely one of the most impressive pieces of modern-day architecture I have laid my eyes upon. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dubai

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The pool at the mosque

After an hour at the mosque, I hopped into one of the many cabs at the mosque’s entrance then headed back to the bus terminal to catch the next bus ride back to Dubai.  I came to Abu Dubai for one purpose and it was to see the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.  I bought my bus ticket back to Dubai and took a little nap on the bus then woke up to check out my pictures of the Grand Mosque.  My mission was accomplished.

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