unfortunately, i was only able to go very briefly to the grand(iose) Sheikh Zayed Mosque and only got pictures of the exterior, but it was worth it! it’s currently the sixth-largest mosque in the world and the largest in the UAE.
and yes, it’s quite impressive, even if you only spend a few minutes outside of it. (but i have heard, and seen photos that prove, going inside is a must-do — i wish i had the time to! tour schedules and opening hours are on their website.)
sidebar: dress code there’s a great dress code image the mosque has — this place is more conservative than others you may have been to. in summary: guys, wear long pants; short sleeves are OK, but nothing that has your shoulders/upper arms exposed. women, pretty much everything has to be covered in loose-fitting clothes. for both guys and gals, if you are not properly attired, you will be directed to a room where you exchange a form of ID (not your passport, for some reason) for an appropriate covering: an abaya for the gals (with an attached hood you have to wear up; it doesn’t cover your face) and a kandora (just think of it as a white coverall robe) for the guys. this is a free service.
Also, in a borrowed kandoora(?) pic.twitter.com/O1BwWR8tCb
— Jonathan Khoo (@jonk) August 14, 2014