Fujairah Sheikh Zayed Mosque
At a distance of 2 km from Fujairah Airport, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is located on Mohammed bin Matar Road in central Fujairah City. It is the main mosque in the Emirate of Fujairah and among the must-visit places in Fujairah as part of Dubai Trip.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Fujairah is the second-largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This grand and majestic structure on the skyline of Fujairah took AED 237 million and just seven hundred days to complete. The mosque opened in 2015, and Fujairah's ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, led the first Eid prayers. This iconic mosque was named in honor of the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It has become one of the major landmarks of Fujairah due to its white-colored facade.
The architectural style of the mosque stands in close relation to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul with the elegant incorporation of Ottoman, Arabic and Modern architectural styles. It is a modern mosque in the city of Fujairah and spans across an area of 39000 sq. m, equivalent to three football pitches. The mosque boasts of six minarets with a height of 100 meters and sixty-five domes including the main dome. This granite and marble religious structure have a mammoth prayer hall that can accommodate up to 28,000 worshipers at a time. In addition, the courtyard of the mosque, with fountains and gardens, can hold 14,000 people.
The interior of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is also very different from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, whose name is derived from thousands of blue Iznik tiles. In Fujairah, the walls of the main entrance are exquisitely decorated with verses from the Quran, intended to rejuvenate the souls of worshippers. The carpet in the main prayer hall resembles a garden filled with many flowers. Unlike the carpet at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, which was handwoven in a single piece, considered the largest in the world, the carpet in Fujairah was assembled in several sections. The design also incorporated Moorish arches and the environment resembles that of the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain.
Unfortunately, the interior of the mosque is not open to non-Muslims for sightseeing, but a view from the outside itself on this imposing structure justifies a trip to the place. Visitors are permitted to take images of the mosque's exterior.
Timings: 9 AM - 10 PM from Saturday - Thursday, 4.30 PM - 10 PM on Friday