A clean start
As the sun begins to rise, the cleaners get to work, preparing the mosque for the day ahead.
The late Sheikh Zayed’s love of greenery is reflected in beautiful landscaping. The gardeners work diligently to trim the trees and hedges around the mosque.
With over 10,000 visitors each day, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s team is always on hand to ensure the place is spotless – especially the carpet in the main prayer hall.
The Mosque’s security guards assume their positions in preparation for the first visitors to the mosque, which opens at 09:00
Yet more cleaning – here the tiles of the mosque’s majestic courtyard get a thorough polish.
Even the mosque’s pristine domes receive a regular wet clean, here from a solitary technician.
Wash and pray
Worshippers can use the mosque’s beautiful ablution facilities before noon prayers.
Visitors take selfies of the mosque’s north facade – one of Abu Dhabi’s most Instagrammed sites.
The carpet in the grand hall of the mosque is the world’s largest. Designed by artist Ali Khaliqi, it measures 5,627m2 and was made with the help of over 1,200 carpet knotters.
The muezzin, Sheikh Al Zarooni, calls the azaan to signal Asr, or afternoon prayer.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is currently hosting an exhibition. Hajj: Memories of a Journey, until
19 March next year, celebrates the journey of Muslims to the Kaaba in Mecca.
The sun sets on the breathtaking facade of the mosque. Worshippers hasten to the mosque for Maghrib (sunset prayer).