Is the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi open during Ramadan? The answer is YES!
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 2022.
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 1443 (2022)
Timings have been split between the first 20 days and the last 10 days of Ramadan (Night of Power) – please observe the exact timing based on moon sightings.
First 20 days of Ramadan 1443 (2 April to 21 April, 2022)
- Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM & 9:30 PM to 1:00 PM
- Fridays: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM & 9:30 PM to 1:00 AM
Last 10 days of Ramadan 1443 (22 April to 1 May, 2022)
- Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM & 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
- Fridays 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM & 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Guided cultural tours will continue to run throughout Ramadan. No need to book, details will be available when you arrive for walk-ins.
Entry to the Grand Mosque in 2022
Entry to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque remains free and the cultural tours are free.
Pre-registration is required to enter the Grand Mosque and all guests must show a “Green Alhosn” which involves being vaccinated and having a PCR test that was conducted in the UAE within 14 days; if unvaccinated you must have a negative PCR valid within 48 hours.
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
The 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 these is now a small souq (market) where inexpensive clothing can be bought.
If you are unable to attend the Grand Mosque in person, you can Follow the live feed for Tarawih Prayer here.
If you are coming from Dubai, there is no longer a domestic border crossing point into Abu Dhabi Emirate, but do be aware of the need for Green Al Hosn. These are some tour companies you can try for visiting the Grand Mosque during Ramadan in 2022:
More about Ramadan in Abu Dhabi
- Head over here if you would like to know more about what is expected of tourists during the Holy Month in the UAE.
- When it comes to breaking of the fast, you’ll want to check out our guide to the best Abu Dhabi Iftars this year, plus we guide you through the late evening tradition in Abu Dhabi of suhoor dining out.
- We also have a further guide here to opening hours, deals and offers during Ramadan in Abu Dhabi 2022.
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.
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