The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in Oman, located in the capital city of Muscat.
One of the largest, most imposing structures in Oman is the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat. It is the country’s main mosque and is considered one of the world’s most important and sizable mosques. It is located in the capital Muscat and captivates its visitors with the most beautiful unique and traditional architectural elements. The Grand Muscat mosque bears the name of its builder, Sultan Qaboos, and officially opened in 2001 after six years of construction. The entire complex was built from 300,000 tons of sandstone and covers an incredible 40,000 square meters. The complex consists of a large men’s prayer hall, a smaller women’s prayer hall, five minarets symbolizing the five pillars of Islam, two large archways (Arabic “Riwaqs”), an Islamic information center and a library. The goal of the construction project was to build the largest Friday mosque in Oman in order to create a center for the promotion of Islamic literature and culture and the dissemination of the Ibadi form of Islam.
In 1992, the then Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said, directed that his country should have a Grand Mosque. In 1993, a competition for the design of the proposed mosque took place. The building contract was awarded to Carillion Alawi LLC. Construction commenced in December 1994, after a site was chosen at Bausher, and it took six years and seven months to build the mosque.