Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

  • April 5, 2013 · 4:30 PM
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A photographer's dream, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque features an imposing facade, lavish interiors, and detailed work all over. In a country packed with iconic structures, this may be the single most photogenic building there is, and it's also one of the few mosques in the UAE open to non-Muslim visitors.

Please remember that this is a place of worship, and you may have to put on additional clothing if you are not dressed conservatively. This is available for free at the mosque.

We will arrive in the evening to see the mosque in daylight, at sunset, and lit up at night. Bring along your tripods if you plan to stay after dark. If you like your images, you may also want to take part in a competition.

Members in Abu Dhabi are strongly encouraged to attend. We hope to organize more events for you in the future, and would love to talk to you about your ideas.

Members in Dubai who can offer transport or need a ride should comment below to mention this.

Need help finding us? Call the EPyC hotline on [masked].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Avijit

    Jet lag, fatigue and a senior citizen moment ended up going to the Grand Mosque the Friday before. I have posted few......

    April 7, 2013

  • Nader B.

    I could not attend the event, however I uploaded some of my photos taken 2 years back for the Grand Mosque...

    April 7, 2013

  • Abdus S.

    Excellent photographs guys :)

    April 6, 2013

  • Chetan

    Good meet up. Was a small group but had fun. Allows one to plan a weekday shoot. Still feel we should meet at a common starting point.

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • Nassim A.

      Totally agree, Chetan: I arrived, saw lots of people with camera gear, roamed around till I bumped into Nitin and Jason, then spent the rest of the time solo.
      No complaints, thanks for the idea, but not sure what the point of the meetup was.

      April 6, 2013

    • Jason

      Nassim... yes going solo is an individual choice... however photowalks are good for follwing reason... 1. Helps people who doesnot have transport to come to the location. 2. For those who want to learn naturally tag along with someone who can help them... 3. It helps compare photograhs with others who were there at the same time and place... 4. Helps make and find new friends with similar interest.

      1 · April 6, 2013

  • Wakesho

    Sorry got to cancel.....don't like the sandstorm. Drive safe and have fun

    April 5, 2013

    • Jason

      Be brave girl... weather warnings are generally overrated out here... and the weather had cleared by afternoon... :)

      April 6, 2013

  • Venz

    Nice experience...

    April 6, 2013

  • Yasser K.

    This was nice meetup, thanks Rod for the comfy ride, thanks Jason for the lens, hope every body enjoyed today.
    For sure need another visit during week days for less crowed.

    April 5, 2013

  • Zaki-turina Q.

    Where are the pictures, guys? :)

    April 5, 2013

  • Fatima M.

    Will need a ride.. Starting from Bur Dubai, but can come down to SZR.. Anyone has space in their cars left..

    March 28, 2013

    • Abhijeet

      fatima i am trying to track your number unable to do so.... please call me if you gonna join me.... i m leaving in a few minutes

      April 5, 2013

    • Fatima M.

      Sorry Abhijeet.. My son was sick today.. couldnt make it.. Just saw your message.. Inshallah, will see you next time.. Thanks once again..

      April 5, 2013

  • Abdulwahed A.

    Nice to meet everyone today.

    April 5, 2013

  • Abdulwahed A.

    Im there . I want contact number

    April 5, 2013

    • Amr

      [masked]

      April 5, 2013

  • JZ A.

    We're at east side parking. Great weather ... Clouds ... My fav.

    April 5, 2013

  • Jason

    Weather info... great visbility... light clouds... the mosque is looking beautiful...

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Jason

    I am at the GM... if you need to find me... call me on [masked]...

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Chetan

    Hey guys. Heading out from Mercato mall. Anyone needs a lift, gimme a shout on [masked]

    April 5, 2013

  • Abhijeet

    leaving from bur dubai in next 5 mins.... buzz me if you wanna hop in my car... [masked]

    April 5, 2013

  • Nitin

    Time to head out. Feel free to call the EPyC hotline if you need help [masked]). I'll be wearing a black EPyC T-shirt, so I should be easy enough to spot at the mosque. See you there!

    April 5, 2013

  • Nassim A.

    Another question: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is called "Grand" for a reason: the place is VAST. The parking space is also vast. How are we going to recognize one another? It's my first photography meetup here, so what am I supposed to do - look for people with DSLRs I guess... Any plans for a small chat/introductions/briefing before we start roaming & shooting?

    April 5, 2013

    • Nassim A.

      What's the number, Nitin??

      April 5, 2013

    • Nitin

      The EPyC hotline, also listed above, is [masked].

      April 5, 2013

  • Jason

    I am on the way to abudhabi... yes windy and sandy weather... but on road visibility is good...

    1 · April 5, 2013

    • Nassim A.

      You will reach early. I am still home (in Abu Dhabi). Isn't the meetup at 4:30 PM??

      April 5, 2013

  • Jason

    Also we will be able to get interesting surreal images on GM...

    1 · April 5, 2013

    • Jason

      And we will have amazing diffused light...

      1 · April 5, 2013

    • Nassim A.

      That is precisely why I intend to go, despite the sand storm.

      April 5, 2013

  • Fatima M.

    My son is not feeling too well.. Will have to give it a miss.. Inshallah next time for sure..

    April 5, 2013

  • Abhijeet

    I have place for 4 ppl, I can pickup from newhere on SZR starting from Bur Dubai..... ;)

    March 24, 2013

    • Abhijeet

      I have 1 place in my car .... either of you can hop on... Call me on [masked] and I will let you know the meeting point... (First Call First Server .... :D :D )

      April 5, 2013

    • Abhijeet

      *Serve

      April 5, 2013

  • Abhijeet

    I have one spot in my car, I am starting from Bur Dubai at around 2:30pm will hit the SZR all the way to AUH... Call me on [masked] if anyone wants to hop on.

    April 5, 2013

  • Krt

    Due to last minute urgencies I have suddenly no transport. Does anyone still have one place available in their car? I'm in Downtown, but can get a taxi to some place where it would be easy to meet.

    April 5, 2013

    • JZ A.

      If u can reach MOE at 2:30, I can take u to AUH, I'm picking up one more person from there. [masked].

      April 5, 2013

  • Amr

    Weather Alert: A sandstorm from the south causing visibilty to be less than 500 meters. So be extra careful on the road and drive safe!

    April 5, 2013

  • Nassim A.

    Dilemma: I was planning to use the D7000 and the 10-24 as primary lens, and carry along a couple of other lenses - the 50 f/1.8 and the 18-105 kit lens. Now I am in two minds, whether it is wise to change lenses in this weather. What do you all think??

    April 5, 2013

  • JZ A.

    We can all meet up at the Shelter Parking and drive together ... The weather is really bad .... If anything happened (Hope not) we can help each other out.

    April 5, 2013

  • Chetan

    Why don't we meet at a common point and then move together to Abu Dhabi? An EPyC convoy!!

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Mohamed

    Kindly check the weather before you travel from DXB to AUH. Harsh weather conditions predicted, windy with sand storm and poor visibility.

    http://www.emirates247.com/news...­

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Jason

    Anyone who needs a lift, tell everyone where you live or nearest metro station where you can reach, there is always someone travelling through your direction...

    Those who have a car, please tell everyone your starting point and leave your number... :)

    March 27, 2013

    • Assaad M.

      Hey guys can i join u?

      April 5, 2013

    • Assaad M.

      Can i meet u in mirdif city center as well?? Do u still have space in ur car? Thanks

      April 5, 2013

  • JZ A.

    I can pick up 4 people from Mall of Emirates Metro Station ... I might make few stops along the way to AUH ... because of my smoking habbit :P If you're a smoker ... We're good to go .. But no smoking in the car :D

    March 31, 2013

    • JZ A.

      My Vehicle is Ford Edge ... White ... L68978. Incase u have a problem finding me.

      April 4, 2013

    • David N.

      Thanks man for the heads up. No its just me. Carrefour parking is perfect,

      April 5, 2013

  • Nassim A.

    You all please drive carefully: weather forecast a sandstorm this weekend. See this link: http://www.emirates247.com/news...­

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Yasser K.

    Hi guys
    For Canon's shooters, any one can borrow me wide angle or fisheye lens, I just need it less than one hour in SZGM meetup.
    Thanks

    1 · April 4, 2013

    • Jason

      You could use my tokina 11-16 mm if you have a crop sensor...

      April 4, 2013

    • Yasser K.

      This will be great, thanks Jason

      April 4, 2013

  • Chetan

    Will be leaving from Mercato mall. Got space for 3 people (comfortable seating

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any chance for ride near to SZR/Diera/Bur Dubai ! Many Thanks.

    April 4, 2013

  • mital d.

    sorry i am not attending due to some critical problem.

    April 4, 2013

  • Aysha M.

    next time for sure!

    April 4, 2013

  • Steve C.

    I will have 3 or 4 spaces and will be leaving from JLT. If anyone needs a lift from this end of town please let me know [masked].

    April 1, 2013

    • Clara B.

      Hi Steve, I sent you an sms, do you still have room. I am in Jebel Ali but can get to JLT as well. Thanks

      April 4, 2013

  • SHABBIR S.

    sorry guys
    missed it
    i have an event in abu dhabi
    abu dhabi desert challenge

    April 4, 2013

  • Alfred d.

    intrested to join need a ride staying in jebel ali.

    April 3, 2013

  • Clara B.

    Hi everyone, Thanks for the great workshop Jason, now I just need to put those concepts into practice. I would like to go to the Grand Mosque if I could share a ride with someone, I live in Jebel Ali near Ibn Batuta, please contact me if this is possible. Thanks
    Clara

    April 3, 2013

    • JZ A.

      I'll be pickup two people from Mall of Emirates Station ... You can take the Metro from IBN to MOE... I've space for 2 more ... If you'd like to join ... let me know.

      April 3, 2013

  • Wakesho

    Hi, I'd love to attend, anyone have space in there car? I'm staying around the difc area sheikh zayeed road near emirates tower metro station.

    March 25, 2013

    • Abhijeet

      Sure... :)

      March 26, 2013

    • Wakesho

      Hi Abhijeet.....is emirates tower difc side convenient for u...

      April 3, 2013

  • Mohamed

    Sorry folks, Unable to attend , duty calls on off day.

    April 3, 2013

  • Prakash Kumar S.

    I can join you guys & I can take 3 or 4 of you but I am not Familiar with Abudhabi so if we all can meet in the 1st petrol pump after Jabel ali it would be great.
    Please let me know.

    April 3, 2013

    • Jason

      Take the maqta bridge into abudhabi... and as soon as u get down the bridge u will see a board sign for Grand Mosque...

      April 3, 2013

  • Ashraf Munib J.

    Family stuff can't make it sorry

    April 3, 2013

  • Eric

    Hi guys I am new with this group just joined recently would like to know is there like a meeting point in SZGM.

    April 2, 2013

    • Nitin

      Not really, since people are likely to arrive at slightly different times, and will start walking around. But you can call up the EPyC hotline when you get there to coordinate with the organizers and through them, the rest of the group.

      April 2, 2013

  • Venz

    I'll be coming from deira, anyone still have space in their car? just tell me where is the pick up area... thanks...

    March 30, 2013

    • Venz

      is trade center ok?

      April 2, 2013

  • Abdulwahed A.

    I will be there

    April 2, 2013

  • Abdulwahed A.

    I will be there

    April 2, 2013

  • Abbas A.

    Hi Friends,any one pick me from Rashidiya Metro Station

    March 31, 2013

    • Abbas A.

      thanks rod i will call and confirm you thanks once again

      1 · March 31, 2013

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