When I first arrived in Oman, it is said one of the places not to be missed is Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat. It was on my second year in Oman, I was able to have a glimpse of this enchanting structure by myself. Truly one of the most beautiful and fascinating mosques I have ever seen in my entire life.
Opened in 2001, it is the main mosque in the Sultanate of Oman that is open to non- Muslims. It is one of the largest mosques in the Gulf that can hold an estimated 20,000 worshipers in the two prayer halls and surrounding courtyard. The major feature of the design of the interior is the prayer carpet which covers the prayer hall composed of 1,700 million knots weighing 21 tons that took four years to produce. It is the second largest single carpet in the world. It is used to be the largest until Sheik Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi was built. It is an active place for worship particularly for Friday prayers. The huge Swarovski chandelier above the prayer hall is 14 meters tall and was claimed to be the largest in the world until the construction of a bigger chandelier in Qatar in 2010. With the incredible mosaics and crystal chandeliers it is hard not to be amazed with this mosque.
So here’s a quick guide for first time visitors to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to know what to do, what not to do and what to wear.
Before you go make sure you dress appropriately. Dressing is a way of showing respect. Women should cover their heads, wrists and ankles. No transparent clothing. Headscarf is necessary. No tank tops and shorts for men.
There are no entrance fees for the Sultan Qaboos Mosque.
Eating and sleeping on the prayer hall are prohibited.
Children below 10 years old are not allowed to enter the prayer hall.
All visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering the mosque. Don’t worry shoes will be there when you return.
Visit time is every day except Friday from 8:000am until 11.00 am.
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