The Grand Mosque in ABu Dhabi lit up at night during Ramadan

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Remains Open During Ramadan

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

Is the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi open during Ramadan this year? The answer is YES!

Ramadan 2024 commenced on 11 March 2024 in the UAE. It will last 29/30 days, likely finishing around 9 April 2024.

Contrary to popular belief and what may have occurred in the past during Ramadan, the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi will remain open during the Holy Month of Ramadan in 2024 (1445).

The hours are slightly adjusted, and there is an evening closure over Iftar. During this time in the evening, the iftar cannon (Madfa al iftar) is fired, signalling the end of the day’s fasting and Maghrib prayers.

Grand Mosque Opening Hours over Ramadan 1445 (2024)

Timings have been split between the first 20 days and the last 10 days of Ramadan (Night of Power – Laylatul Qadr) – please observe the exact timing based on moon sightings; the dates below are currently estimated.

First 20 days of Ramadan 1445 (11 March to 30 March 2024)

  • Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last entry 5:30 PM) & 9:30 PM to 1:00 AM (last entry 12:30 AM)
  • Fridays: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (last entry 5:30 PM) & 9:30 PM to 1:00 AM (last entry 12:30 AM)

Last 10 days of Ramadan 1445 (31 March to 9 April 2024)

  • Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last entry 5:30 PM)
  • Fridays: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (last entry 5:30 PM)

Guided cultural tours will continue throughout Ramadan. There is no need to book; details will be available when you arrive for walk-ins.

Entry to the Grand Mosque in 2024

Entry to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque remains free for tourists, and the cultural tours are free.

Pre-registration is required to enter the Grand Mosque; there are no longer any COVID restrictions or “Green Alhosn” needed.

For Muslims, please observe the following prayer timetable issued by szgmc.gov.ae.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi over Eid

The mosque is open during the first day of Eid Al-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast) and Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), from Saturday to Thursday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

More Resources For Planning Your Trip To The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque operates with a strict dress code for visitors.

Since COVID, the ability to hire a free abaya or Kandura has been suspended for health and safety reasons. You will need to ensure you are appropriately dressed for the Grand Mosque before arriving, or within the grounds of the Grand Mosque.

There is now a small souq (market) where inexpensive clothing can be bought – for example, around AED 40 – 80 for a cheap abaya at Souq Al Jami.

You can find our complete guide on how to appropriately dress for the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque here

If you are unable to attend the Grand Mosque in person, you can Follow the live feed for Tarawih Prayer here.

Visiting from Dubai? We share our tips over here on how to visit the Grand Mosque on a day trip from Dubai. These are some tour companies you can use to visit the Grand Mosque during Ramadan in 2024:

More About Ramadan In Abu Dhabi

Ramadan is indeed a special time to visit the United Arab Emirates. A trip to the country’s largest mosque and the most beautiful landmark building will only enhance your cultural experience in this proudly Islamic country, open to all.

You may also want to check out a cultural visit to the Louvre and Qasr al Watan during your visit to Abu Dhabi, both will remain open during the Holy Month with their regular opening hours. The Abrahamic Family House is another intriguing new cultrual attraction for your Abu Dhabi itinerary.

Abrahamic Family House on Saadiyat Island - Mosque
Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb Mosque in the Abrahamic Family House inter-faith complex on Saadiyat Island

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