ABU DHABI, 29th July, 2022 (WAM) — The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi welcomed 1,520,697 visitors, including 454,339 worshipers and an estimated 1,033,045 visitors in the first half of 2022.
About 19% of visitors were from the UAE, and 81% were tourists. More specifically, 51% of visitors were male, 49% female, and the majority were between the ages of 25 and 35, representing 32% of all mosque visitors worldwide. Most are from India, followed by France and the United States.
In the first half of the year, the number of users of the mosque running route reached more than 33,000.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center (SZGMC) has been able to convey the mosque’s cultural message of tolerance derived from the preaching of Islam through the free cultural tours it offers to its visitors. The center’s cultural tour specialists offered 2,075 tours in Arabic, English, Spanish and Korean languages, which were joined by 21,633 visitors from around the world.
Over the past few years, the Center has kept pace with the UAE’s continuous progress in various fields, which is reflected in its continuous increase in visitor numbers, accompanied by a constant improvement of the experience. for them.
The mosque has made tremendous strides in maintaining its leading position as an iconic global cultural destination. The Grand Mosque was recently selected as one of TripAdvisor’s 2022 Travelers’ Choice Awards in the Best of the Best category, which ranks the top 25 attractions in the world.
The Grand Mosque ranked first in the Top Sights – Middle East category, fourth in the Top Attractions – World category for its unique artistic and architectural splendor, and ninth in the Top Cultural and Historical Tours – World category for its rich and versatile experience and the services it offers that meet the needs of visitors, allowing them to spend the whole day in the mosque and enjoy what it has to offer.
Visitors from all walks of life recognize the mosque’s leading position as a world cultural and tourism destination and praise its integrated work system. Visitors to the mosque have praised the integrated package of services and facilities they enjoyed during their visit through Trip Advisor reviews.
In his comment, a visitor from the United States said: “The architectural design and aesthetics of the mosque are breathtaking, and the flow of tourists is perfectly managed from the arrival of visitors at the parking lots to the arrival at the mosque. Golf carts are placed throughout the grounds for visitors to stop and take photos in front of the mosque, to ensure a smooth flow of visitors and golf carts are available to return to the Souq Al Jami shopping mall and parking at the end of the tour.”.
Another visitor from the UK said: “The Grand Mosque was amazing. We enjoyed our tour with one of the cultural tour specialists, it was one of the best mosque experiences ever. I have been on many sightseeing and cultural tours to different places around the world, but the tour that the mosque specialist provided to us was the best of all and I was extremely impressed with the level of skill and passion she demonstrated during the visit.”
While a guest from Russia commented, “This grand mosque is a grand structure that embodies the values of tolerance and spirituality. It allows you to experience Islamic culture like you never have before.”
Visitors to the mosque enjoy a variety of unique experiences through programs, activities and initiatives focused on Islamic culture, its sciences and arts.
SZGMC is constantly striving to improve its facilities to meet the needs of visitors and enable them to spend a full day in its facilities and enjoy what it has to offer. An experiential tour begins with the ‘Visitors Centre’, which includes exhibition halls, an auditorium and a library, and ends at ‘Souq Al Jami’, which includes a variety of shops, entertainment spaces and restaurants to suit their needs and allow them to have an unforgettable time at the mosque.
Visitors can also go to the mosque’s jogging track, which allows all members of the community from different groups and cultures to exercise, enjoy the services it offers and experience a unique atmosphere surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
The center implements an integrated system of work by specialized and qualified personnel in various fields and according to well-formulated plans, which effectively provides excellent cultural experience to visitors from different cultures of the world. Cultural tours in Arabic and English, offered by the center’s Emirati specialists, are one of the mosque’s most popular experiences. Cultural tours in Arabic and English Sign Language are also offered.
The center is currently working on training its cultural tour specialist to be able to offer tours in Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, Turkish and French. SZGMC is committed to developing the capabilities of its managers and improving their performance in various areas to provide the highest level of service and experience.
Translated by Gihane Fawzi.
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