The ranking – which sees the Abu Dhabi landmark lined up alongside the Taj Mahal in India, Petra in Jordan and Machu Picchu in Peru – comes in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards.
“This is particularly pleasing as the rankings are solely based on reviews and recommendations by the vast TripAdvisor travelling community, thus confirming its place as one of the most important cultural tourism destinations,” said H.E. Yousif Al Obaidli, Director General of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre.
TripAdvisor recently named the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as “one of the world’s most talked about attractions.” With the release of the 2013 Travellers’ Choice awards, TripAdvisor describes the mosque as an Abu Dhabi “must see.”
“The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre offers services for worshippers, domestic and international visitors alike, all year round. In 2012, 4.7 million visitors were welcomed to the mosque from all over the world,” explained Al Obaidli.
This year, during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s opening times have been extended on previous years. Opening times will be from 9am – 2pm and complimentary guided tours are offered at 10am and 11am, except Fridays.
“Our tours are led by one of our official Tourist Guides and the interactive tours provide information about the mosque, its architecture and there is plenty of opportunity for visitors to ask questions. Ramadan is a special time of the year and we encourage our visitors to take a guided tour and experience the Islamic culture of the mosque.” concluded Al Obaidli.