Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre
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29 Jul 2022

More than 2,000 cultural tours carrying the message and culture of the UAE represented by peace and coexistence with diverse cultures of the world

• Visitors praise the cultural values ​​promoted by the mosque and mirrored throughout its corridors and unique architectural details.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi during the first half of 2022 received 1,520,697 including 454,339 worshippers and about 1,033,045 visitors.

Where 19% of the visitors were from within the UAE, and 81% were tourists from abroad.

To elaborate, 51% of the visitors were male, 49% were female, and the majority were aged between 25 to-35 years, which make up 32% of the total worshippers and visitors who flocked to the mosque from different countries of the world, where visitors from India lead the top three countries visiting the mosque, followed by France and the USA.

During the year's first half, the number of those using the mosque's jogging trail reached more than 33,000 users.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center was also able to convey the mosque's cultural message ​​of tolerance that emanates from the preaching of Islam through the complimentary cultural tours it provides to its visitors. The cultural tour specialists at the Centre provided 2,075 tours in Arabic, English, Spanish, and  Korean which  21,633 visitors joined from all over the world.

An array of achievements and international rankings obtained by the mosque

Over the past years, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre has kept pace with the steady progress of the United Arab Emirates in various fields, which manifests in the continuous increase in the number of its visitors, which was matched by ongoing improvement of the visit experience provided to them.

The mosque has achieved vast achievements, keeping its leading position as an iconic global cultural destination. The grand mosque was recently selected among TripAdvisor’s 2022 "Travelers' Choice Award" in "The Best of the Best" category, which ranks the top twenty-five attractions worldwide.

Where the grand mosque ranked: First in the "Top Attractions - Middle East" category, Fourth in the "Top Attractions - World" category for its unique artistic and architectural splendor, and Ninth in the "Top Cultural and Historical Tours- World" category, for the rich and versatile experiences and services it provides that meet visitor's needs; allowing them to spend an entire day at the mosque and enjoy what it offers.

Such achievements complement the mosque's vast array of accomplishments and befitting its leading position as one of the top cultural destinations on the world tourism map.

It also underscores its prominent position as a living reference of modern Islamic architecture in the region and worldwide, distinguishing it from other places of worship and cultural and tourist destinations worldwide. The grand mosque exceeded its function as a place of worship where religious rituals and prayers are merely performed; to assume an active cultural and civic role in promoting and upholding the United Arab Emirate's message of coexistence, peace, and cohesion amongst various cultures of the world.

Visitors from all walks acknowledge the mosque's leading position as a global cultural and tourist destination and praise its integrated work system.

Visitors to the mosque, through their comments on Trip Advisor, praised the integrated set of services and facilities system they enjoyed during their visit. They also commended the cultural values ​promoted by it, which are mirrored throughout its corridors and unique architectural details, values that stem from the UAE's keens to instill values of coexistence and tolerance .

A visitor from the USA, in his review, mentioned that: "The mosque's architectural design and aesthetics are breathtaking, and the flow of tourists is excellently managed, starting from visitors’ arrival to the parking lots, right up to they reach the mosque riding on the golf cart distributed across the route. They have allocated photo stops  for visitors to stop and take pictures at the mosque , to ensure smooth flow of visitors, and golf carts are available to take you back to the shopping Center "Souq Al Jami'" and the parking lots, at the end of the tour."

Another visitor from the UK, in his review, said that "The Grand Mosque was amazing. We enjoyed our tour with the one of the cultural tour specialists ,it was one of the most remarkable experiences at the mosque. We felt important and were treated like VIP’s, through the kindness and compassion she treated us with. We thank her for the warm welcome and inviting us to join the wonderful tour. I have joined many tourist and cultural tours in various landmarks around the world, but the tour given to us by the tour specialist at the mosque was the best of all, and I was extremely impressed by the level of competence and passion she showed while providing the tour."

While a Russian visitor to the mosque commented: "This grand mosque is a grand structure , embodying the values ​​of tolerance and spiritualty .It allows you to experience the  Islamic culture  like you have never done before."

Visitors to the mosque have a variety of unique experiences through the programs, activities, and initiatives that center around Islamic culture, its sciences, and the arts.

SZGMC works diligently to provide worshippers and visitors with an integrated system of versatile services and facilities according to the highest standards during their visit to the mosque.

It constantly strives to improve and develop them, aiming to meet its visitors' needs and allow them to spend an entire day at its premises and enjoy what it offers. A rich visit experience that starts from the "Visitors Center," which has exhibition halls, an auditorium, and a library, ending with "Souq Al Jami'" which includes an assortment of stores, entertainment areas, and restaurants that cater to their needs and allow them to spend a memorable time at the mosque.

Visitors can also visit the mosque's jogging trail, which allows all members of the community of diverse groups and cultures to exercise, enjoy the services it provides, and experience the unique atmosphere surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

An Integrated work system

It is worth noting that the Center implements an integrated work system, executed by specialized and qualified cadres in various fields and within the framework of well-formulated plans that efficiently provide an exceptional cultural experience to its visitors from different world cultures. The cultural tours offered by Emirati cultural tour specialists at the Centre in Arabic and English are among the most popular experiences at the mosque. Cultural tours in Arabic and English sign languages are also offered. While keeping with its global position, the Centre is currently working on training its cultural tour specialist to provide tours in Chinese, Russian, Hebrew ,Turkish, and French . SZGMC is committed to developing its cadres' capabilities and improvising their performance in various fields to deliver the highest level of services and experiences, in line with its leading position as a  national, religious, and cultural grand edifice that embodies the United Arab Emirates values and reflects its national identity.