For once, I’m going to tell you about something that disappointed me. Bare in mind this is my personal opinion, and this opinion was forged by different events that might not happen to you. 🙏🏻
During our stay in Abu Dhabi, we went to visit the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. There is no doubt this mosque is aesthetically a masterpiece. It also has some serious Agrabah vibes for all of our inner Jasmines. 🕌 But I have to admit I was disappointed... not by its beauty of course, but by its vibes. Probably my mind was biased by all the mosques I’ve visited in Iran. I didn’t feel the spirituality of this place... As I said, several events led me to be disappointed. First, we had to cross a huge mall to get in. Doesn’t match well with a mosque for me. Then, even though I had chosen my outfit and headscarf carefully to be fully covered and even after getting the approval of the entrance’s guard, the abbayas’ lady rudely talked to me to say I had to change because she didn’t like the style of it (I guess being fully covered wasn’t good enough). When I pointed out the guard had said it was ok, she just snapped at me “who decides? Me or you?”. Quite rude again. Not a nice way to start a visit for sure. Being hushed by the guards while waiting in the authorized area didn’t help. The amount of visitors pushing you all the time neither. I guess we came at the wrong hour (the opening hour isn’t a good idea I suppose). Also I like to look around, take my time, talk to God (it’s his home at the end of the day), but there, it was not possible, I was seen as a tourist with no soul by the guards. Once again, this is my personal opinion, and I might be the only one thinking that way. If you visit Abu Dhabi, go check it out, and make yourself your own opinion! ♥️ .
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