Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is not the largest city that’s Dubai. We didn’t have lot of time in Abu Dhabi as we decided to only visit for one day and stay in neighbouring emirate Dubai. However, if we had more time, we would have spent here a day or two. There is plenty to see and do in the largest of the Emirates. One thing my boys would have loved was go to Ferrari world. Unfortunately for them we had to skip that.

The reason we came here was to visit and admire the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. The building complex covers an area of more than 12 hectares, exclusive of the garden and parking lot.

Children can visit the mosque with their parents. Somewhat older girls (our daughter was 11) as well as women in general are asked to wear an Abaya. Abaya’s can be borrowed at the women’s entrance. There is a separate women and men’s entrance. The mosque is really incredibly beautiful. It holds one of the largest carpets in the world.

Children and adults, for that matter, are not allowed, to touch, hug or kiss each other inside the premises of the mosque. Even if your young children will grab your hand you will be told not to touch inside the mosque.