Peace, tolerance, stability. That’s always been the way of Oman‘s Sultanate, and if there was one building in the nation that epitomizes this, it would be the Grand Mosque of Sultan Qaboos. Completed in May 2001 and able to hold up to 20,000 worshippers, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said gave the mosque to the individuals of Oman. The mosque is “an architectural masterpiece and the pride and happiness of Oman,” according to the Ministry of Tourism. The mosque houses the second biggest hand-woven carpet in the globe, as well as one of the world’s biggest chandeliers adorned with hundreds of Swarovski crystals. The mosque will be open to the public between 8 am and 11 am from Saturday to Thursday and a dress code will apply.
“This magnificent piece of contemporary Islamic architecture, quietly imposing from the outside, was a gift from Sultan Qaboos to the country to celebrate his 30th year of reign,” the ministry added. “The primary hall of prayer is amazingly lovely. The Persian carpet alone is 70 m by 60 m wide, making it the world’s second largest hand-loomed Iranian carpet; it took 600 females four years to weave.
“The mosque, which can accommodate 20,000 worshippers, including 750 females in a personal musalla is an active place of worship, especially for Friday prayers,” the Tourism Ministry said. Visitors must dress modestly, cover their arms and legs, and avoid tight clothes. Women and girls are required to cover their hair. An abaya and scarf can be hired from the mosque cafe and gift shop and tours are available.”