Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre Library

Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

Though it houses a few rare collections of Arabic calligraphy and copies of the Quran dating from the 16th century, this collection of manuscripts is intended primarily as a research centre, and there isn't much to see unless you are working on a thesis.

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Nearby Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area attractions

1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Rising majestically from manicured gardens and visible from the bridges joining Abu Dhabi Island to the mainland, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an…

2. Wahat Al Karama

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This memorial, opposite the eastern side of the Grand Mosque, was inaugurated in 2016 in memory of Emiratis who have given their lives in service to the…

3. Khor Al Maqta

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This historic waterway separates Abu Dhabi from the mainland, guarded by the now somewhat hidden Al Maqta Fort and a small watchtower, on a rocky…

4. Khalifa Park

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This large and leafy park, not far from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, has a number of attractions, including a football playing area, fountains, ponds…

5. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Beach

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A day spent beach-side at the Fairmont is sandy relaxation with the best views across the khor (creek) to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to boot. There's a…

6. Al Maqta Fort & Watchtower

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Despite being one of the oldest sights in Abu Dhabi, this 200-year-old guardian of the city was restored and then more or less abandoned after the…

7. Sheikh Zayed Bridge

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Said to symbolise the flow of energy into the capital, this 842m-long modern bridge designed by the late Zaha Hadid is one of three gateways to Abu Dhabi…

8. Shangri La Hotel Beach

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The Shangri La Hotel's palm-tree-dappled pool area and sweep of white sand out front is open for nonguest day access. There's a great poolside restaurant…