There are mosques galore in the UAE. Some of which are so ornate and beautiful, they’ve become somewhat of a tourist attraction for curious foreigners (we’re looking at you Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi).

However, as nice as it is – mosques don’t have to be fancy. They’re there to serve a purpose, which is to act as a place of worship for practicing Muslims.

A mosque could be a small hut, or it could be a huge structure. As long as it can serve as a place of prayer, study, rest or reflection.

So from the humble to the ornate, here are some of the mosques to be found throughout our glorious seven emirates.

Abu Dhabi

 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world

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Dubai

Jumeirah Mosque – the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai

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Diwan Mosque in Bastakiya

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Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the UAE

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Deira Fish Market mosque illuminated in green

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Sharjah

Al Noor Mosque – the most famous in the emirate, with an open-door policy to non-Muslims

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A small mosque set in a quaint Sharjah park

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Fujairah

Al Badiyah, the oldest mosque in the UAE. It was built in 1446

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Fujairah’s Friday Market Mosque

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Newly constructed Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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Al Ain

A clean, white mosque on Zayed bin Sultan Street

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A mosque at the Al Ain Central Market

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A humble mosque on the road from Dubai to Al Ain

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Ras Al Khaimah

A small, seaside mosque on the way to Khasab, Oman

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Waterskier silhouetted against a mosque backdrop

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Ras Al Khaimah’s Zayed Mosque

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Umm al-Quwain

A dome peeks out over a mosque in Umm al-Quwain

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A minaret poking out from behind boats

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Ajman

Ajman’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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A small mosque at a used cars shop

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An orange-bricked mosque stands against a clear blue sky

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