A visit to Muscat would not be complete without a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. A gift from the Sultan to the nation, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat is the main mosque in the Sultanate of Oman. The enormous mosque was built in 6 years, started in 1995.
The main prayer hall is breathtakingly rich. The highlights are the the 8m wide by 14m high central Swarovski crystal chandelier and the Persian carpet. The Persian carpet alone measures 70m by 60m wide and is made of fine wool and cotton in 28 colours and weights 21 tonnes. It took 600 women four years to weave, which makes it the second largest hand loomed Iranian carpet in the world.
Things to consider:
- Opening hours: Only in the morning on Saturday to Thursday 8.00-11.00am;
- Dress requirements: Women must be fully covered in loose fitting clothing and a headscarf. Only hands, feet and face may be exposed. Men must have long trousers to the ankle and a long sleeve;
- Footwear must be removed to enter prayer halls. Bags and shoes must be placed outside;
- Within the main prayer hall is a blue carpet, non-Muslims must stay on the blue carpet;
- Taking photos and videos is permitted;
- Food and drinks are prohibited.
- By taxi; or
- Check if your hotel offers a shuttle bus;
- Crowne Plaza hotel offers a shuttle bus to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque from Saturday to Thursday.