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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Muscat’s main mosque is lavishly decorated with elaborate carvings, one of the world’s largest Persian carpets and colorful hibiscus flowers.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is Muscat’s main mosque and the biggest in Oman. Its gleaming white sandstone walls and vast prayer halls stretch over 103 acres (42 hectares) and can house up to 20,000 worshippers. Five ornate minarets and a central dome light up like a beacon at night, guiding visitors to this spectacular facility for Islamic faith and studies.

The mosque’s magnificent architecture was decided by a competition held by Sultan Qaboos in 1993. Construction took more than six years, with meticulous attention paid to the mosque’s beautifully decorated interior. Wander through the main doors, embellished with stained-glass windows, Islamic patterns and Qur’anic script.

Take in the serene atmosphere of the prayer rooms that are lined with white and gray marble and painted murals. Rows of classic Arabic arches are decorated with elaborate porcelain and timber panels, and sparkling chandeliers hang from the ceiling. An extensive library, seminar hall and the Institute of Islamic Sciences are also housed here.

Explore the mosque’s courtyards dotted with hibiscus plants and fountains and see the holy verses inscribed in the sandstone walls. The mosque’s halls and five minarets, which symbolize the five pillars of Islam, are decorated in the styles of different Islamic cultures, including Egyptian and Omani. The massive main prayer hall features a single Persian carpet. It’s the second-largest carpet in the world, with more than 1,700 million knots.

Visit the Islam Information Centre on the way out to learn about the Islamic faith and Omani history. Try some Omani dates and cardamom and clove-infused coffee at the center.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is located in the Al Ghubrah Al Janubiyyah area, approximately 16 miles (25.7 kilometers) west from the Mutrah Harbor. Non-muslims are welcome to visit the Grand Mosque any day except on Friday mornings during prayer. There is no fee to enter. As this is a place of worship, visitors are asked to remain respectful and wear modest clothing. Women are required to wear a headscarf.


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The Chedi Muscat
The Chedi Muscat

The Chedi Muscat

North Ghubra 32 Way No. 3215, Street No. 46, Muscat
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Al Ghubrah Ash Shamaliyyah resort is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Avenues Mall and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Muscat Grand Mall and Oman Natural History Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Fraser Suites Muscat $105
    Fraser Suites Muscat

    Fraser Suites Muscat

    Landmark Building, 23 July Street, Muscat, Muscat Governorate
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Muscat, this luxury aparthotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Panorama Mall and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Muscat Grand Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      MUSCAT GATE HOTEL $49
      MUSCAT GATE HOTEL

      MUSCAT GATE HOTEL

      Way 99 Al Jamil Akbar St., Ghala Heights, Muscat
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Azaiba, this hotel is 6.7 mi (10.8 km) from Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.

        Weekend Hotel Apartments $70
        Weekend Hotel Apartments

        Weekend Hotel Apartments

        Bawshar, South Ghoubrah, Behind Al-Assalah Towers, no.3709, Muscat
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Muscat, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Panorama Mall and Muscat Grand Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Tiger Home
          Tiger Home

          Tiger Home

          South Al Ghubra ; 114 Muscat,, Muscat, MCT
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Muscat, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Panorama Mall and Muscat Grand Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Tiger Home Hotel Apartment $40
            Tiger Home Hotel Apartment

            Tiger Home Hotel Apartment

            115, South Al Ghubra, Muscat
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Muscat, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Avenues Mall and Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Somerset Panorama Muscat $75
              Somerset Panorama Muscat

              Somerset Panorama Muscat

              Al Ghubrah Street, Muscat
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Muscat, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Panorama Mall and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Muscat Grand Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Garden Roomz Oman
                Garden Roomz Oman

                Garden Roomz Oman

                Street 4267, Al Ghubrah Shamaliya, Muscat
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Al Ghubrah Ash Shamaliyyah, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Avenues Mall, and Muscat Grand Mall. Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Panorama Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).