Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The architects Mohammed Saleh Makiya and Quad Design made a design for the Sultan Qaboos grand mosque. They started building the mosque in 1995. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is built in Ghubra in Bausher district. They finished building it after six years, and it was opened for the public by Sultan Qaboos in May 2001.

The mosque covers 416,000 square meters. The Mosque complex covering 40,000 square meters is built on a high podium to keep the Omani tradition. This holy platform is set between four Minarets by each corner, and their height is 45 meter high. The five minarets, adding the major minaret, resemble the five pillars of Islam. It can receive up to 20,000 people.

The entire interior of the Grand Mosque is painted with off-white and dark grey marble. A border of Quranic verses in Thulus kaht frame the mihrab in the major prayer hall. The dome includes a series of decorated engraved stained glass triangles within a framework of marble columns and a Swarovski crystal chandelier with gold-plated metalwork hangs down for 14 meters. A main characteristic of the major prayer hall is the hand-made Persian carpet including 1,700 million knots, with a weight of 21 tones and all in one piece with the measures 70 x 60 meters.

The ladies prayer hall is capable of accommodating 750 person. The walls are covered with pink stone especially coloured and decorated in the colorful marble panels. 

A library and an Islamic Information Centre are included in the mosque complex. The library has geometric carvings, and the floral design is utilized in the meeting hall. A lecture hall also exists in the building with a capacity for approximately three hundred persons.

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