The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the main mosque in the Sultanate of Oman. Quietly imposing from the outside, this glorious piece of modern Islamic architecture was a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos to mark his 30th year of reign.
It is in the capital city of Muscat.
About Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
- The main prayer hall is breathtakingly rich. The Persian carpet alone measures 70m by 60m wide, making it the second-largest hand-loomed Iranian carpet in the world; it took 600 women four years to weave. It contains, 1,700,000,000 knots, weighs 21 tonnes and took four years to produce, and brings together the classical Persian Tabriz, Kashan and Isfahan design traditions.
- The chandelier above the praying hall is 14 meters tall and was manufactured by company of Italy.
- The mosque, which can accommodate 20,000 worshippers, including 750 women in a private musalla (prayer hall), is an active place of worship, particularly for Friday prayers.
- Visitors are required to dress modestly, covering arms and legs and avoiding tight clothing. Women and girls (aged seven and above) must cover their hair.
- Abeyyas (full-length dresses) and scarves can be hired from the mosque cafe and gift-shop.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Oman then Oman has a reliably warm climate between June and August and you can be visited any time. The weather is at its most pleasant from October through to April.