Traveling to Dubai and Abu Dhab is on most travelers’ bucket list. Both cities are great for people who visit the middle east for the first time. While dressing code in UAE is pretty flexible dressing for a Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a different story.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the most famous and the largest in the UAE. It is a must-see while in Abu Dhabi. This place has strict dress rules, especially for women but don’t let this discourage you from visiting. You won’t be able to enter without following the dress guidelines. There are people checking outfits on the parking lot before entering the premises.
Dress Code Rules
Women have to cover their legs, arms, and heads fully. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has the option of renting an abaya that offers a full cover-up. It comes in pink and blue. Men do not have to cover their heads but can’t wear shorts or sleeveless shirts. Shoes have to removed before entering the mosque. They are two shoe holding areas outside, one for women and another one for men.
Following clothes are not allowed at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque:
- no transparent (see-through) clothing.
- no shorts and skirts.
- no sleeveless shirts.
- no tight clothing, no swimwear, and no beachwear.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque employees walk through the property and check if everyone is following the dress code and rules. They will remind women to cover their heads and make sure that nobody crosses the “do not cross” barriers. The most unusual rule is; not to pose for photos. By posing they probably mean fake Instagram poses (that’s my guess). Please check Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque website for a full list of rules. Everyone is very nice at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and all reminders are told in a very friendly manner.
The most important thing to remember is that the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a place of prayer. Everyone should show respect no matter of religious beliefs.