The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a new yet architecturally classic building completed in 2001 after six years of construction and inaugurated by His Majesty in May 2001. It can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers and consists of a main prayer hall, ladies prayer hall, covered passageways, a meeting hall, and library which will eventually contain up to 20,000 books.
The whole interior of the Grand Mosque is paneled with off-white and dark grey marble paneling clothed in cut tile work. The ceilings are inspired by those of Omani forts. The mihrab in the main prayer hall is framed by a border of Quranic verses and a gilded ceramic surround.
The dome comprises a series of ornate, engraved stained glass triangles within a framework of marble columns, and a Swarovski crystal chandelier with 24 carat gold-plated metalwork hangs down for a length of 14 meters, 8 meters in diameter, weights 8 tons and has 1,122 lamps and 600,000 crystals.
Equally impressive is the hand made Persian carpet of the main prayer hall, also one of the largest in the world, weighing over 21 tons, consisting of 1,700 million knots and made in a single piece measuring 70x60 meters. It took 4 years and 600 weavers to make it.
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IMPORTANT NOTE before visit Grand Mosque: men are required to wear long pants, women must be fully covered (arms, legs and wear a head scarf). English speaking guides are available to help navigate the visit. Grand Mosque is open for non-Muslims Saturdays – Thursdays excluding Fridays from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM.