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Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque
Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque

Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque

Free admission

Named for the Egyptian military hero Abdul Munim Riad, the Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque can be spelled many different ways in English. Built in the early ’70s, not long after Riad was killed in action, the mosque’s twin minarets tower above El Dahar (Old Town, Hurghada’s most traditionally Egyptian district.

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Hurghada, Egypt

The basics

There’s no charge to visit the Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque, which is sometimes known as the Great Mosque, or even the Big Mosque, although both names are more commonly used for the larger Al-Mina Mosque. Guides can advise on the correct etiquette as you admire its golden domes, elegant calligraphy, and delicate tilework. The mosque, a local landmark, is an essential stop on Hurghada city tours, which also generally take in the Coptic Church, the Al-Mina Mosque, the souk (market), and the marina.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque will be of interest to fans of Egyptian culture.
  • Both men and women should dress respectfully, covering legs and arms. Women should also cover their hair with a scarf.
  • Remove your shoes before entering the mosque and tip the person who looked after them when you collect them.
  • The Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque is wheelchair accessible.
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How to get there

The Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque sits in the heart of El Dahar, Hurghada’s old town, about 4 miles (6 kilometers) north of the marina. Confident travelers can pick up one of the microbuses that run along El-Nasr Street or the coast road. If you don’t speak Arabic, a tour or a private driver will prove easier.

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When to get there

The Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque is open seven days a week, but avoid visiting around lunchtime on Friday, when locals flock here for the most important prayers of the Islamic week.

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Who Was Abdul Munim Riad?

A career soldier, Abdul Munim Riad fought in World War II, the Six Days War (1967 War), and the War of Attrition, another conflict with Israel and Jordan. He was killed on 9 March 1969 while inspecting the front lines along the Suez Canal. Besides the Hurghada mosque, Abdul Munim Riad Square in Cairo bears his name, as do a number of streets.

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