Oman

Stunning Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman

 

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque


Architectural type: Mosque
Style: Contemporary Islamic architecture
Opened: 2001
Admission price: Free
Hours: 8 AM – 11 AM ( you can come outside these hours but you’ll only be able to explore the exterior and not the prayer hall.
Address: Sultan Qaboos St, Muscat, Oman

During my stay in Oman, I visited the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.  I put on my traditional Omani Kuma hat and took the bus down Qaboos street.  After getting off the bus, I could see the mosque sprouting from behind the greenery.  I was existed, like a kid at an amusement park.  I couldn’t wait to enter.

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Dress code: Similar to other mosques, long clothing is mandatory.  I was prepared with a thobe, an ankle-length men’s garment.  Woman must wear a hijab and long clothing as well.

Location: The mosque is named after the current Sultan, Qaboos.  The mosque is located off Sultan Qaboos street.  Minutes away from the Avenue Mall.  You can take the #1 bus down Sultan Qaboos Street and the bus driver will let you off a block before.  You may also take taxi but they are expensive and rip offs, especially if you’re coming from a commercial area.

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Exterior:  The exterior is like a maze, you keep walking around and finding new places to discovery.  The style is contemporary Islamic with neutral colors.  Certain sections have different floor tiles and they all have special technology to keep your feet cool. Light fixtures have a traditional Middle-Eastern oil lamp design.

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Interior: The interior is a etched from top to bottom with traditional persian designs.  The chandeliors are enormous and exquisite.  The center chandelior reminds me of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayid Grand Mosque’s, without the crystals.

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The Garden:  The courtyard has a garden full of flowers.  The type your grandmother would plant.  They’re beautiful and it makes the mosque feel like a walk in the park, literally.

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Overall, it’s worth a visit and you’ll end up staying here for at least 2-3 hours.  

Additional Info:

  • Dresscode: Both men and women must be dressed conservatively
  • Get their early! – I got there at 10 AM and tour buses were coming in. Go early and you’ll see less tourists and thus snag better photos. The mosque opens at 8 AM.
  • Admission price: Free!  You can’t beat this price, especiall not in expensive Muscat.– There is a store in the front if you want to buy souveinors or clothing but it’s pricey. You can get the same stuff from Muttrah Souq for cheaper.
  • Transportation: Take the bus! Taxi drivers going and coming from this location charge double the standard price. It’s outrages.

8 replies »

  1. Beautiful photos as usual. That etching almost looks like mosaic work, the detail is breathtaking and gorgeous. And are those marigolds in the garden? English marigolds look different – but these are so lovely.

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