The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi received 1,520,697 guests including 454,339 worshipers and around 1,033,045 visitors in the first half of 2022.
About 19% of visitors were from the United Arab Emirates and 81% were tourists. To elaborate, 51% of visitors were male, 49% were female, and the majority were between the ages of 25 and 35, constituting 32% of the total worshipers and visitors who flocked to the mosque globally. Indian visitors top the top three countries visiting the mosque, followed by France and the United States.
During the first half of the year, the number of people using the mosque’s jogging track reached over 33,000 users.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center (SZGMC) has been able to convey the mosque’s cultural message of tolerance that emanates from the preaching of Islam through the free cultural tours it offers to its visitors. The Centre’s cultural tour specialists organized 2,075 tours in Arabic, English, Spanish and Korean, and 21,633 visitors from around the world.
Over the past few years, the Center has kept pace with the steady progress of the United Arab Emirates in various fields, which is manifested in the continuous increase in its visitor numbers, which has been accompanied by a continuous improvement in the visitor experience offered to them.
The mosque has made vast achievements, maintaining its leading position as an iconic global cultural destination. The Grand Mosque was recently selected for TripAdvisor’s 2022 “Travelers’ Choice Award” in the “Best of the Best” category, which ranks the world’s top 25 attractions.
The Grand Mosque ranked first in the “Top Attractions – Middle East” category, fourth in the “Top Attractions – World” category for its unique artistic and architectural splendor, and ninth in the “Top Cultural and Historical Tours – World” category. “, for the rich and versatile experiences and services it offers that meet the needs of visitors; allowing them to spend an entire day at the mosque and take advantage of what it has to offer.
Visitors from all walks of life recognize the mosque’s leading position as a global cultural and tourist destination and praise its integrated working system. Visitors to the mosque, through their reviews on Trip Advisor, have praised the integrated package of services and system of facilities they enjoyed during their visit.
A visitor from the United States, in his review, mentioned: “The architectural design and aesthetics of the mosque are breathtaking, and the flow of tourists is perfectly managed, from the arrival of visitors on the parking lots, until they reach the mosque riding on the golf cart spread around the course.They have allocated photo stops for visitors to stop and take pictures at the mosque to ensure a flow flow of visitors, and golf carts are available to take you back to the ‘Souq Al Jami’ shopping mall and car parks at the end of the tour.”
Another visitor from the UK said: “The Grand Mosque was amazing. We enjoyed our tour with one of the cultural tour specialists; it was one of the most outstanding experiences at the mosque. I participated to many sightseeing and cultural tours in various sites around the world, but the tour given to us by the tour specialist at the mosque was the best of all, and I was extremely impressed with the level of skill and passion which she demonstrated during the visit.”
As a visitor from Russia commented, “This grand mosque is a grand structure, embodying the values of tolerance and spirituality. It allows you to experience Islamic culture like you never have before.”
Visitors to the mosque enjoy a variety of unique experiences through programs, activities and initiatives centered on Islamic culture, its sciences and the arts.
SZGMC is constantly striving to improve its facilities aimed at meeting the needs of visitors and enabling them to spend a full day at its premises and enjoy what it has to offer. A rich visitor experience begins with the “Visitor Center”, which includes exhibition halls, an auditorium and a library, ending with the “Souq Al Jami'” which includes an assortment of shops, entertainment areas and restaurants that meet their needs and allow them to spend a memorable time at the mosque.
Visitors can also visit the mosque’s jogging track, which allows all members of the community from diverse groups and cultures to exercise, enjoy the services it offers, and experience the unique atmosphere surrounded breathtaking landscapes.
The Center implements an integrated system of work, executed by specialized and qualified cadres in various fields and under well-formulated plans that effectively provide an exceptional cultural experience to its visitors from different cultures of the world. Cultural tours offered by the Emirati cultural tour specialists at the Center in Arabic and English are among the most popular experiences at the mosque. Cultural tours in Arabic and English sign language are also offered.
The Center is currently working on training its cultural tour specialist to offer tours in Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, Turkish and French. SZGMC is committed to developing the capabilities of its executives and improvising their performance in various fields to deliver the highest level of services and experiences.