Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque ‘top attraction’
Abu Dhabi, June 27, 2013
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi has been ranked among the world’s top 25 landmark attractions by a leading global travel community.
The ranking – which sees the Abu Dhabi landmark lined up alongside the Taj Mahal in India, Petra in Jordan and Machu Picchu in Peru – comes in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travellers Choice Awards.
“This is particularly pleasing as the rankings are solely based on reviews and recommendations by the vast TripAdvisor travelling community, thus confirming its place as one of the most important cultural tourism destinations,” said Yousif Al Obaidli, director general of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center.
TripAdvisor recently named the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as “one of the world’s most talked about attractions.” With the release of the 2013 Travellers Choice awards, TripAdvisor describes the mosque as an Abu Dhabi “must see.”
“The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center offers services for worshippers, domestic and international visitors alike, all year round. In 2012, 4.7 million visitors were welcomed to the mosque from all over the world,” explained Al Obaidli.
This Ramadan, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s opening times have been extended on previous years. Opening times will be 9am – 2pm and guided tours are offered complimentary at 10am and 11am, except Fridays, Al Obaidli added.
“Our tours are led by one of our official Tourist Guides and the interactive tours provide information about the mosque, its architecture and there is plenty of opportunity for visitors to ask questions. Ramadan is a special time of the year and we encourage our visitors to take a guided tour and experience the Islamic culture of the mosque,” concluded Al Obaidli. – TradeArabia News Service