Specialist tours for mosques
To promote cultural tourism in Abu Dhabi and showcase Islamic heritage and Abu Dhabi’s mosques and their stages of development and growth to tourists, the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has teamed up with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf) to organise tours of historic and iconic mosques in the emirate.The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two government entities to provide the immersive experiences to tourists and residents alike will also serve to strengthen the cultural exchange between the two partners. The agreement was signed by Saif Saeed Ghobash, undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, and Mohammed Saeed Al Neyadi, director general of Awqaf. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, DCT Abu Dhabi and Awqaf will work together to determine appropriate times for tours at selected mosques on Abu Dhabi island as identified by the Authority, namely, Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed the First Mosque, Mariam Umm Eisa Mosque, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan the Second Mosque, Al Radwan Mosque, Al Aziz Mosque and Al Kareem Mosque. The agreement also includes the provision of leaflets covering mosques and Islamic culture, the training of tour guides to support the programme and the establishment of a mechanism for booking tours through DCT Abu Dhabi’s electronic platforms. The two parties will also cooperate to appoint Imams and Muezzins for mosques in Al-Ain, namely, Al Khamisani Mosque, Al Jahili Mosque, Al Muwaiji Mosque and Al Mutawa Mosque, as well as the three mosques on Dalma Island. The cooperation also extends to periodic maintenance for historic mosques.