Over 1.5 million visitors to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the first half of 2022

Tehran (IQNA)-The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi received 1,520,697 visitors, including 454,339 worshipers and about 1,033,045 visitors in the first half of 2022.

About 19% of the visitors came from the United Arab Emirates and 81% were tourists. To elaborate, 51% of the visitors were men, 49% women, and the majority were between the ages of 25 and 35, which represented 32% of the total number of visitors to the mosque worldwide. Most are from India, followed by France and the United States.

During the first half of the year, the number of users of the mosque’s running route exceeded 33,000.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center (SZGMC) has managed to convey the mosque’s cultural message of tolerance, which emanates 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, which were joined by 21,633 visitors from around the world.

Over the past few years, the Center has kept pace with the constant progress of the UAE in various fields, which is manifested in the continuous increase in its number of visitors, which has been accompanied by a constant improvement in the visiting experience offered to aa they.

The mosque has achieved great achievements, maintaining its leading position as an iconic global cultural destination. The Grand Mosque was recently selected as one of TripAdvisor’s “Travelers’ Choice Awards” 2022 in the “Best of the Best” category, which ranks the top 25 attractions in the world.

The Grand Mosque was ranked first in the “Top Attractions – Middle East” category, fourth in the “Top Attractions – World” category for its unique artistic and architectural splendor, and ninth in the “Top Cultural and Cultural Tours” category. Historic Sites – World”, by offering rich and versatile experiences and services that meet the needs of visitors, allowing them to spend a 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 global cultural and tourist destination and praise its integrated work system. Visitors to the mosque, through their Trip Advisor reviews, have praised the integrated package of services and system of facilities that they enjoyed during their visit.

In his comment, a visitor from the United States said: “The architectural design and aesthetics of the mosque are impressive, and the flow of tourists is perfectly managed, from the arrival of visitors at the parking lots to the arrival at the mosque in the golf carts scattered throughout the course photo stops have been provided for visitors to stop and take photos at the mosque to ensure a smooth flow of visitors, and golf carts golf carts are available to take you back to the mall ‘Souq Al Jami’ and car parks at the end of the route.”.

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 highlights of the mosque. I have been on many sightseeing and cultural tours to various sites around the world. world, but the tour that the mosque specialist gave us was the best ever, and I was very impressed with the level of skill and passion that he showed during the visit.”

While a visitor from Russia commented: “This great mosque is a great structure that embodies the values ​​of tolerance and spirituality. It allows you to experience Islamic culture like never before.”

Mosque visitors enjoy a variety of unique experiences through programs, activities and initiatives focused on Islamic culture, sciences and arts.

The SZGMC constantly strives to improve its facilities to meet the needs of visitors and allow them to spend a full day in its facilities and enjoy what it has to offer. A tour rich in experiences begins with the ‘Visitor Center’, which includes exhibition halls, an auditorium and a library, and ends with the ‘Souq Al Jami’, which includes a variety of shops, entertainment spaces and restaurants that are suit their needs and let them have a memorable time in the mosque.

Visitors can also walk along the mosque’s jogging track, which allows all members of the community from various groups and cultures to exercise, enjoy the services it offers, and experience a unique atmosphere, surrounded by stunning scenery.

The center implements an integrated system of work, executed by specialized and qualified staff in various fields and under well-formulated plans that effectively provide an exceptional cultural experience to its visitors from different cultures of the world. Cultural tours offered by the Center’s Emirati specialists in Arabic and English are among the mosque’s most popular experiences. Cultural tours are also offered in Arabic and English sign language.

The Center is currently working on training its cultural travel specialist to offer tours in Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, Turkish and French. SZGMC is committed to developing the capabilities of its executives and improving their performance in various areas to provide the highest level of services and experiences.

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