For our stay in Abu Dhabi, we have booked City Seasons Al Hamra Hotel, via Agoda. The hotel is located at the junction of Najdah and Electra street. Close by to Abu Dhabi mall but I wouldn’t want to walk in the hot sun. Check-in was swift and we were attended by courteous and friendly desk staff. The room was the cheapest but the amenities was fantastic. Powerful and stable wi-fi and daily newspapers were complimentary. I would rate ★★★★½ stars for this hotel. Truly enjoyed.
King size bed in a 30 sq metre room.
Writing desk by the bedside.
Table and large LCD TV.
Towels, hair dryer, tissues, phone, …….
In the lobby they have their own baggage x-ray machine.
For our day tour of Abu Dhabi, we rented a vehicle at the rate of 70AED per hour. A Toyota MPV came to pick me and my wife at the appointed time. This Toyota can sit 7 adults comfortably. The driver is well verse with the attractions in Abu Dhabi and speaks good English. With his assistance, we choose which attraction we wanted to go.
First in our itinerary was Sheikh Zayed mosque. When we reached the mosque I was stumped for words for this beautiful and magnificent architecture. We have been to many mosques before but Sheikh Zayed mosque is charming and inviting. The prayer hall isn’t as ‘huge’ as others that we’ve been but the elaborate and intricate design of the mosque awe both of us.
Even before entering the mosque, the exterior landscape is enough to make you feel relaxed and the calmness inside the mosque is something to be experienced yourself.
The mosque is open to non-Muslims to visit during off-prayer times and you’ll have to adhere to the proper dress code. Garments for ladies to be properly attired are available before the entrance.
The beautiful Sheikh Zayed mosque, Abu Dhabi.
Off the entrance road, the Sheikh Zayed mosque is already commanding a view.
Serene calmness as you approach Sheikh Zayed mosque.
Don’t be put off by the bus loads of tourist. They are usually there for a short period and well-behaved.
The palm & flower garden surrounding the mosque.
Fountain in-front of the mosque.
Looking at the mosque from the front.
Asking for directions.
Front of Sheikh Zayed mosque.
Dress codes to be observed.
The main entrance into the courtyard before the mosque prayer hall.
Entrance to the mosque prayer hall past this courtyard.
Lets take a look of the interior of the Mosque i.e. the prayer hall. Visitors have access to only a portion of this fabulous prayer hall. The whole of the prayer hall is carpeted in green/golden yellow floral motif. The exterior wall too have floral design as well as the interior that have floral relief.
The mosque has huge and beautiful chandeliers which by itself is an attraction to behold. Photography is allowed in the prayer hall but I can’t remember using flash is allowed. The whole of the mosque can be considered as a photo spot and avid photographers shouldn’t miss this opportunity. Different time of the day will give a different mood to your picture.
Huge chandelier at the entrance to the prayer hall of the mosque.
Floral motif exterior walls.
The floral motif walls.
A peek to the exterior corridor.
The lush carpeted prayer hall in the mosque.
Another section of the prayer hall.
The green/golden yellow carpet. Notice the details of the carpet.
Section of prayer hall opened to visitors.
This section of the prayer hall opened to local students.
Another section of the prayer hall.
Another huge chandelier in the prayer hall.
Floral relieve on the interior walls.
Intricate design in the mosque.
Alif-Lam-Lam-Haa on the wall at the mimbar.
The ‘mimbar’ or rostrum where sermons are delivered.