From History to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

 A Day in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE. Its  on an island 250 metres from the mainland but connected by bridges.

It has a famous mosque but first we visited the Heritage Village which  is right next to the beach and has great city views.

view from beach


It shows how people lived before the discovery of oil.



But the rest of this city is about spending money on huge buildings and fancy hotels.

It is the richest city in the world. An average each citizen is worth $17 million.



The Grand Mosque


The Sheik Zayed Mosque is all about the biggest and best everything.

The statistics are stunning.

  • 41,000 worshippers.
  • 100,00 tons of pure white marble.
  • A chandelier weighing 12 tons.
  • A carpet taking 1200 weavers 2 years to complete.
  • 80 marble domes held up by 1000 pillars
  • Four minarets, each 107 metres high.

inlaid walls


The walls are inlaid with floral motifs containing lapis lazuli, red agate, jasper, amethyst and mother of pearl.

Tourists are made welcome. At the entrance you are inspected to see if you pass the dress code.

You need to wear  long, loose ankle length clothing with long sleeves and a headscarf for women. You be will  not allowed in if you are not covered up   but you can borrow the correct garments easily.

There is a lot to see and as you walk round the views through every arch have carefully planned reflections in both the water and the marble.

The interior walls are covered in semi precious floral designs and even the ceilings are very ornate

This was definitely the highlight of our day  and, beautiful as it is, a day in Abu Dhadi is enough.