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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat © Richard Bartz
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat © Richard Bartz

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a new yet architecturally classic building completed in 2001, and is one of the largest mosques in the world with a capacity for 20,000 worshippers. The interior is grand and the prayer hall is home to a hand-woven Persian carpet weighing over 21 tons on the prayer floor, while an exquisite 46-foot (14m) chandelier hangs from the ceiling.

This is a religious site rather than a tourist destination so visitors need to be respectful of the rules, although English-speaking guides are available to help navigate the visit. Muslims can visit any time of the day, but tourists of other faiths, while very welcome, should only come during visiting hours. Visitors are asked to dress modestly and women are required to cover their hair.

Address: Sultan Qaboos St, Muscat

Opening times: Open 8am-11am Saturday to Thursday.