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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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Centara Muscat Hotel Oman ¥8,475
Centara Muscat Hotel Oman

Centara Muscat Hotel Oman

Way 6816, Ghala Heights, Wilyat Bausher, Muscat
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Azaiba, this luxury hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Gala Wentworth Golf Club and Panorama Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Somerset Panorama Muscat ¥8,884
    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).

      MUSCAT GATE HOTEL ¥7,002
      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 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.

        The Chedi Muscat ¥48,975
        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).

          Park Inn by Radisson Muscat ¥10,170
          Park Inn by Radisson Muscat

          Park Inn by Radisson Muscat

          Sultan Qaboos Street, Al Khuwair, Muscat
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Muscat, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Avenues Mall and Muscat Grand Mall. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House Muscat are also within 6 mi (10 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 ¥4,867
              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 Sports Complex and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Avenues Mall and Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Weekend Hotel Apartments
                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).