Sheikh Zayed mosque dress code for both men and women

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi had to put up signs to warn the visitors about what they can and cannot wear. This is why, to make it easy for future visitors, we have listed a couple of tips about Sheikh Zayed mosque dress code for both men and women.

The mosque’s committee has decided to place large billboards at the entrance warning that women cannot wear tight and revealing clothing, no matter how covered they are.

The warning billboards became more visible around four months after the American singer Rihanna was photographed at the mosque dressed in a tight-fitting black outfit. Despite being covered head-to-toe, she was asked to leave and the mosque put out a statement saying that she had broken the local moral code.

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What is Sheikh Zayed Mosque dress code?

The entrance signs show pictures of six men and six women, half dressed correctly and half of them not.

The Sheikh Zayed mosque dress code signs have been introduced so that the worshipers are not offended.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the most popular destination in Abu Dhabi. Every day thousands of people visit it. Obviously, the message is for the small foreign minority who either ignore or deliberately do not respect the rules and culture while visiting the mosque.

The billboard shows that hijabed women with loose fitting pants are permitted, so tick marked. Although, a woman with a headscarf still wearing tight pants or a skirt will not be allowed in. The violators will NOT be allowed to enter the mosque.

The entrance signs also ban clothing with profanity, transparent clothing, shorts and short skirts, sleeveless shirts and tight clothing, swimwear and beachwear. The illustrations show that a kandora/dishdashas or suit are permitted for men, as are casual clothes that cover the legs and upper arms.

Before entering you will also be given an Abaya which covers you from head to toe and when your tour is done, you need to hand it back to the exit door.

Opening hours of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Opening hours at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque are 9 am-10 pm daily.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is closed for tourism activities on Friday mornings as there is the main weekly prayer.

Visiting hours during the holy month of Ramadhan: from Saturday to Thursday 9 am to 12 pm.

You are not required to have a guide in order to walk through the mosque.

Entry fee at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

All the tourism services are offered free of charge. There is no entry fee for the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque unless it is the admission to some exhibitions or events.

Sheikh Zayed mosque dress code

Abaya-clad woman hurrying for the daily prayer at Sheik Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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29 Comments
  1. Très belle photo!

  2. Complimenti, è una bellissima fotografia, molto suggestiva!

  3. So beautiful. It’s such an interesting shot. I keep going back to look at it.

  4. We lived two years in Abu but never visited here!
    Beautiful image!!!

  5. Nice shot. Love the contrast of the whiteness of the mosque and black abaya the woman is wearing.

    • Yes, I was lucky that the woman was crossing the mosque on that very moment and that she was alone, so the black and white contrast is more visible.

  6. Gorgeous – really stopped me in my tracks!

  7. A beautiful photo Angela. Thank You. Keep up the good fight and be careful.
    T7

  8. That’s a fantastic photo Angela. The best I’ve seen in a long time! :)
    Julia

  9. Everything seems to be symmetrically perfect, exotic, amazing!!

  10. Awesome pic…the white makes for such a beautiful background for the woman in black….

  11. God – This is awesome image. Thanks for sharing.

  12. wow! this is is a stunning shot. ^0^
    quite picturesque and solemn.

  13. Loving the picture! :)

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