The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (جَامِع ٱلسُّلْطَان قَابُوْس ٱلْأَكْبَر) is the main mosque in Muscat, the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman.
The Mosque was commisioned by the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said in 1992. He wanted to create a mosque to rival the mosques in the Middle East, thus making Oman famous. The Sultan created a competition for the design of the mosque, after which its construction commenced in December of 1994. The mosque took a grand total of six years and seven months to build. The newly built Grand Mosque was inaugurated by Sultan of Oman on May 4, 2001 to celebrate 30 years of his reign.
In October 2019, I had the privelage of visiting the mosque and it’s beautiful grounds; the mosque is a spectacular piece of architecture.
What I loved about the Sultan Al Qaboos Mosque
When I visited the mosque, I arrived very early in the morning to try to avoid the crowds. As I remember there was one other tour group visiting the grounds at the same time, everyone else started to arrive as I was leaving. Arriving early meant that I could explore the grounds in peace, without rushing; I was able to wander through the gardens for about an hour before exploring the mosque itself.
As somebody who loves nature I really did appreciate the tranquility of the gardens and the experience of being able to simply wander. Considering that the mosque is located on a main road, I barely heard the morning traffic and was able to loose myself in the beauty.
It was very clear to see that the mosque is taken care of very well. As I was walking around there was absolutely no dirt or rubbish: it trully is an ornament to the city.
One of the biggest marvels of the mosque is the gigantic chandelier in the men’s prayer hall. At the time it was built, it was the largest indoor chandelier on Earth, however recently mosques in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have installed bigger chandeliers in order to beat the record.
Truth be told, I would highly reccomend that you visit the mosque if you find yourself in Oman.