Visiting times are Saturday – Thursday 9am – 10pm. On Friday mornings the mosque is closed for prayer and re-opens at 4.30pm – 10pm.
During the month of Ramadan, the mosque is open from 9am – 1pm on Saturday – Thursday and closed Friday.
If you’re based in Abu Dhabi, it’s not too difficult to find the Sheik Zayed Mosque as it’s on Sheik Zayed Road!
If you’re not short on cash, you can easily grab a taxi from anywhere in the city and they will know where you want to go. If you’re on a budget, there are also many buses which are heading that way. Check out the Abu Dhabi Bus Services website for the best route.
If you’re heading to Abu Dhabi from Dubai, the good news is it’s only around a 2 hour journey away. This makes it a perfect day trip option if you fancied a change of scenery from the Burj Khalifa.
There are countless taxi services which you can hire but the cost is quite extensive. My biggest tip would be to catch the public bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. It will cost you 25 Dirhams return (£5) which is a fraction of the cost.
To do this, head via metro to the Al Ghubaiba metro station. Once here, you need to walk over to the Al Ghubaiba bus station and then catch the E100 bus. It will be clearly labelled with Abu Dhabi on the front.
I was a little skeptical about what the buses would be like in UAE, especially travelling as a solo female! But, I was pleasantly surprised. The buses were more like coaches with luxurious leather seats and powerful air conditioning.
Typically on UAE buses, women and children are required to sit at the front if on their own and men at the back. The only exception comes when a woman has a husband with her and he can accompany her.
I sat alone in a women’s row at the front when the bus driver asked me to move. Confused, I asked why as I was sat in the woman’s section and he said ‘because a man will sit next to you’. I actually took a lot of comfort from this and was happy that he was looking out for me. So, I joined another woman at the front.It was an enjoyable ride and wasn’t as bad as I was first expecting.
The public transport in UAE works on a top up card system. Dubai has the Nol card and Abu Dhabi has Hafilat smart card. You will need to purchase these in advance of travel, you cannot pay in cash or purchase a card on the bus.
You can top up your Dubai Nol card for the return journey to Abu Dhabi, but you’ll need to purchase a separate Hafilat card in Abu Dhabi for your bus to the Grand Mosque. Once you arrive at the Abu Dhabi central bus station head outside. Directly ahead, you will see a bus stop which will have a picture of the mosque outside and the bus number 54.
You’ll pull up around a 10 minute walk away from the mosque entrance.