Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat
If you take the Expressway from the airport towards the city you'll travel past the Grand Mosque completed in 2001,for the 30th year as Head of State for his Majesty the Sultan Qaboos.
It should definitely be on every Muscat visitors itinerary because, to me, it is a wonderful building, set in peaceful contemplative gardens. The scale of it is immense as there are numerous courtyards and shaded corridors in addition to the main prayer hall where you will find the second largest carpet in the world. The central chandelier is large enough to hold 6 men who regularly clean and maintain it in full sparkling fashion.The finest materials have been used in the construction of the Mosque and one gets the sense that no expense has been spared in creating it.
My taxi dropped me off at 8am and I just made my way through the gardens into the central courts. There are no charges and at the end of your visit you are invited to spend some time tasting complimentary sweetmeats and dates and sipping Omani coffee or cool water. There are volunteer guides who will engage the visitors in conversation. Inevitably the topic will come round to Islam. I had a wonderfully informative discussion with a very sincere elderly gentleman. His patience and tolerance of my questions was admirable and I left the conversation with a much more positive outlook on Islam than what I started with. He gave me several pamphlets and a couple of books to take home. The Mosque closes to visitors at 11am.
You must remove your shoes before entering the main halls and women must cover their heads with a scarf. Visitors are required to dress respectfully and to behave appropriately. Photography is allowed although it always polite to ask before taking pictures of people and the guides. Children under the age of 10 years are not allowed in.
This is one place every visitor to Muscat should experience.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is Oman's main mosque. Construction on the mosque began in 1995 and ended in 2001. The massive structure, constructed of Indian sandstone, holds 20,000 worshipers total, but only 6,500 in the main prayer hall. The mosque features a 90 meter tall main minaret flanked by four 45.5 meter minarets.
The prayer carpet in the main hall is the second largest hand made carpet in the world. It took four years to produce, is made of 1.7 million knots, and weighs some four tons.
As Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a big and beautiful building, built in 1992. It has the largest chandelier known in the world with the weight of 8.5 tons, and the second largest hand-woven carpet in world. The mosque is open to the public (non Muslim) between 8 AM and 11 AM every day except Thursday and Friday. The entry is free. No shorts is allowed for men. Women must cover their arms, head and the ankles.
Built in the early 1990s by Sultan Qaboos, his namesake mosque is the Grand Mosque of the capital city area of Oman. The mosque's construction project was awarded to a winner of a competition to design a mosque loyal to the country's traditional architecture. The result is this beautiful mosque with a large central dome and five minarets, symbolising the five pillars of Islam (only two are seen in the photograph). The dome rises to a height of 50 metres while the biggest minaret reaches 91.5 metres. This mosque has the capacity of up to 10,000 worshippers and is located in al-Ghubrah area, not too far from the airport. In fact, it can be seen from the motorway from the airport to the city. Visits are permitted.
Take an interesting tour of the Sultan Bin Qaboos Mosque for free. Tours are from 8am-11am (not Thurs/Fri). Ladies dress modestly and take a head scarf. The main prayer hall is very impressive and grand. There is a separate ladies prayer room and ablution area and the outside areas are nice to wander around (although it can get very hot outdoors). Guides are available to answer questions about Islam.
The Sultan Qaboos’ Grand Mosque opened in 2001 and is the largest building in the Sultanate of Oman. Visitors will first spot its four minarets and tiled dome as they drive on the main highway from Seeb Airport to Muscat.
If you visit make special note of the handmade Persian carpet in the main prayer hall. Roughly 600 workers toiled for four years to make the 1700 million knots in the 70 by 60 metre rug - just one example of the attention lavished on the building.
Visible from the road leading from the airport, Sultan Qaboos mosque is massive, the largest in Oman.
The elegance and simplicity of the design is absolutely breathtaking, the beauty indescribable, and certainly not done justice by my words or photographs.
There are so many spectacular features of the mosque, from the world's largest single carpet in the main worship hall, to the massive, 15 tonne chandellier that hangs above it. For me, the most attractive features were the many arches, the symmetry and simpleness of them making the whole place so special. A feeling of immense calm and reflection seems prevalent there.
I could not see any guides available, we were fortunate to have some Muslim friends who knew the mosque well to show us round. You can buy a guidebook from the library for 1 riall.
Non Muslims can visit between the hours of 8am and 11am Saturday to Thursday, but not at all on Fridays.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the most beautiful mosque in Muscat... it's also the most important and largest one. It's also a well-known centre for islamic studies. It can host 20000 people at one time, and it also has a large library with about 20000 books.
This beauty is of recent built: work began in 1995 and finished in 2001, when it was inaugurated. it's open to non Muslims in the morning, between 8 and 11 am. As usual, women are supposed to cover their arms, legs and ankles and head.
Look at the large carpet in the main prayer hall: it measures 60 by 70 metres, weights 21 tonnes, had 1700 million knots, and it took 600 Iranian women and 4 years to complete. it's quite stunning
This mosque was bulit by Sultan Qaboos (ruler of Oman) and it was completed a few years ago. This is a must visit in Muscat as it is one of the biggest and most beautiful mosque in the world. It is also the only mosque in Oman which non-muslims are allowed to visit. The entry is free of charge and the visiting hours is around 9-11am on all days except Fridays. I will be posting beautiful photograph galleries on this mosque on the travelogue section of this webpage as well as some more tips on the "local customs" section, so do keep a lookout for the updates.
This architectural masterpiece was built by the Omani Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. The invested patronage of Sultan Qaboos accompanied by his instructions to the team overseeing the project at the Diwan of the Royal Court, has endorsed the spiritual and architectural role of the Grand Mosque in Oman.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque located in the Muscat suburb of Ghubrah a 10 - 15 minute drive from the port or beach areas.
Its design is remarkable and our guide told us that the price tag for this magnificent building was somewhere in the US$ 80 Mio. The largest carpet in the world was woven by Iranian women for four years and the largest chandeliers weighing 7 tons hang on the ceiling. Separate prayer rooms for men and women have been designed and it is also home to a big library.
The mosque can be visited only in the morning from Sunday till Thursday. One can visit the inside of the mosque - just make sure you stay on the plastic sheets that have been laid out, since non-Muslims should not touch the carpets.
The third largest mosque in the world, hosting the largest woven persian carpet in the world.
The complex is built over an area of around 40,000 square metres.
five minarets stand symbolising the five pillars of Islam.
in 1992 (Islamic year 1412 hijri) the Sultan issued instructions to build the mosque. It wasn't completed until 2001!
Visiting hours for non-Muslim sightsee'rs are restricted according to days, prayer times & Islamic festivals.
DRESS CODE: women-cover your hair and dress in loose long sleeved/ankle covering clothes.
men- T-shirts are fine, don't wear shorts.
Local tour operators can arrange your visit & offer more guidance and details of the building & customs.
In 1995 the building of Grand Mosque "Symbol of Islam" was started and in March 2001 it was finished. The complex is 1000 metres long and 885 metres wide. There are 4 minarets on the corners and a big central one of 91.5 metres. The was inaugurated by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos in May 2001.
The building is well worth seeing as it has some excellent craftsmanship, beautiful features and the interior of the Mosque is magnificent.
See the stunning 14-meter length Swarovski crystal chandelier in the dome that illuminates the single hand-made Persian carpet consisting of 1,700 million knots.
It is one of the largest hand woven carpets in the world, measuring about 77 x 66 metres, woven in several pieces and assembled on-site, 600 women have worked on it full time for four years. It covers the entire main prayer hall floor.
Upto 20,000 worshippers can be accommodated in the Grand Mosque.
This beautiful mosque was built in 2001. The details in the architecture, the cleanliness of the whole premises and the serenity in this impressive mosque are enough reasons to come for a visit.
Qaboobs Mosque is in Muscat and it has the biggest hand-made carpet in its hall.The globes and everything else is fascinating.....