Learn all about Islam and some UAE traditions with a visit to one of the world's most impressive mosques, the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This architectural marvel features 80 domes, 1,000 columns, gold plated chandeliers, the world's largest hand woven carpet with the most knots, and space for 40,000 worshippers. Take a one hour, complimentary guided tour at 10am, 11am or 4.30 / 5pm every Sunday to Thursday; at 5pm or 7.30 / 8pm on Fridays; or at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30 / 5pm or 7.30 / 8pm on Saturdays.
The times for the last two tours of the day vary between 4.30 and 5pm, and 7.30 and 8pm, depending on the time of the time of the year. To check the current times, visit www.szgmc.gov.ae
Visit the Saadiyat Island Cultural District exhibition at the opulent Emirates Palace hotel and get an insight into what will be the world's largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. It's free of charge and open from 10am to 10pm daily.
From 4pm, partake in the ultimate luxury tradition of afternoon tea at Emirates Palace with platters of dainty sandwiches, petit fours and fluffy scones and a pot of expertly brewed tea.
Catch a cab up to the Heritage Village on the Corniche Breakwater and step back in time to a traditional desert lifestyle. Bargain with souvenir sellers and watch craftsmen at work producing pottery, weaving and metal work.
Enjoy an Arabian feast whilst cruising along the Corniche on a traditional dhow (sailing boat) converted into a restaurant. Be mesmerised by the glittering lights of Abu Dhabi's skyline.
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