The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi received 65,500 believers and 126,000 tourists in the first half of 2021, for a total of 235,700 people.
According to statistics, 54% of tourists are from the UAE and the rest are foreign tourists. In the second quarter, the number of visitors to the mosque increased by 53% from the first quarter to 142,600.
Men accounted for 54% of tourists, while women accounted for the rest. The 25 to 35 age group accounted for the majority, accounting for 41%. In the first half of the year, 44,000 people used the jogging track.
In the first six months of 2021, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center (SZGMC) conveyed that the mosque was derived from Islam through 1,700 cultural tours led by official cultural tourism experts and 4,918 tourists from all over the world. Tolerant information world of true doctrine. In addition, the center organized 75 virtual tours in Arabic and English through Instagram and Microsoft Teams, and recorded 7,382 views. This includes 20 booked trips with 797 followers. Three excursions were conducted in sign language as part of the RE’HAAB ALHEMAM program, which caters to people who are determined to include them in various initiatives organized by the center as part of their commitment to social responsibility and recognize that they are in Influence in the community.
According to the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, the mosque plays a key role in presenting a positive image of the Islamic religion to the world. He hopes that the mosque will become an important bridge between different cultures, a platform for global dialogue, and a tool to promote the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among world religions. Since its establishment, the mosque has achieved this goal, following the leadership’s instructions to embrace diversity, openness and respect in a country of more than 200 ethnic groups.
Rebecca Costel, a tourist from the United States (US), said: “I am very happy to visit this mosque. I have seen it on the website before and read its message calling for openness to world culture. It is reflected in its architecture and will A work of art where various civilizations converge.”
Another tourist from the United States, Brett Hopkins, said that the mosque is one of the most important cultural and tourist destinations in the UAE, and is dotted with world-leading landmarks. “There is no doubt that our visit to the mosque left us with an impression of its importance, because its architectural design was inspired by its rich history,” he added.
A group of Brazilian tourists shared their admiration for the majestic mosque with its domes, pillars and creative artistic elements. Bruna Gomez, a member of the organization, said: “The mosque is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the UAE. We have visited many other attractions in the country, but our visit to the mosque is our The highlight of this trip.”
A French tourist said that he was very happy to visit the mosque and saw the integration of Islamic architecture and traditional art with modern design. He expressed his hope that he would return to explore the details of the exterior architecture more deeply.
Tourist Sarah Mahmoud praised the excellent organization that meets the needs of tourists of all ages, starting from entering the visitor center, visiting the courtyards and corridors of the mosque, and then continuing to Souq Al Jami.
Despite the increase in the number of worshippers and tourists in the mosque, SZGMC continues to take preventive measures and the highest standards of health and safety. The mosque provides a unique road of tolerance experience, allowing visitors to embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery. In addition, it serves as a place of worship. effect.
The center fulfills its role as a beacon of enlightenment through its library, which supports the country’s intellectual movement and enhances the cultural significance of mosques in the UAE by providing an understanding of culture, Islamic and Arab heritage and their intrinsic values.
SZGMC is an affiliate of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and is supported and followed up by His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.