More than four million people visited Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the first half of 2019.
According to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre’s (SZGMC), 4,480,000 went there in the last six months.
Visitors were from 249 different nationalities: Asia totalled over one million, followed by Europe with more than 623,000, North America with 95,000, Africa with more than 53,000, South America with more than 49,000, Australia with 25,000 and Antarctica with 2,178.
SZGMC’s half-yearly report yielded some other interests facts and figures.
The highest foot traffic to the UAE’s largest mosque was in March, with 511,227 visitors recorded.
Majority of the visitors were aged 46 years old and above, which is 31 percent of all visitors.
Ramadan this year saw more than 890,000 Muslims break their fast for iftar in the mosque’s air-conditioned tents.
In total, and owing to the huge turnout of visitors, SZGMC were on their toes and have conducted 1,726 free-guided cultural tours around the mosque.
Since opening its doors to the public in 2007, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has become one of the capital’s recognisable landmarks and visited by people from diverse backgrounds and religions.