Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat © Richard Bartz
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a new, yet architecturally classic building completed in 2001, and is the third largest mosque in the world with a capacity for 20,000 worshippers. The interior is also grand, and the prayer hall is home to a hand-woven Persian carpet on the prayer floor weighing over 21 tons, and an exquisite 46-foot (14m) chandelier.
This is a religious site rather than a tourist destination so visitors need to be respectful of some 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.