Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,917 contributions
    Awe inspiring Islamic religious complex
    It took almost seven years to build this gigantic complex of minarets, prayerhalls, dome, arcades, walls and gardens. Hence tremendous effort went into the interior design and ornamentation. In 2001 it was finally completed. The result is an awe inspiring experience. For some reason comparable to what happened in Europe during the contra-Reformation: use the arts to establish intimate ties with the ordinary citizen and get his support. The tile work, the carpets and chandeliers, the wood carved doors and ceilings, the materials used, the gardens all are of superbe quality. No money was spared to realize an effect of reverence. Plan your visit, as the complex is vast (it is not like visiting some mosque). Non-muslim visitors are only allowed in between 8 and 11AM. There is no charge. Unlike in Abu Dhabi there are abayas for rent near the premises, but it is better to dress up (very) conservatively before you go. Most visitors arrive and go by car. Bus number 1 from Ruwi bus station stops at Al Azaiba from where it is another 20 minutes walk to the complex.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 2, 2023
  • Michelle P
    Whitchurch, United Kingdom30 contributions
    Best to do with a guide, audio tour not great
    Arrived here appropriately covered for the ocassion in melting hot weather with an audio set and headphones hanging off my head scalf. Was absolutely lovely inside, so clean and pretty and I was particularly taken by the 8 tonne chandelier, must cost a fortune to light that! If I was to do the visit again I would ditch the audio set and pay for a guided tour.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 3, 2023
  • nadia_izzy
    Colombo, Sri Lanka136 contributions
    Serene and breathtaking
    It’s a must visit when you’re in Oman. As long as you dress modestly, you’re free to explore the mosque and it really is breathtaking. The intricate carvings, the carpet, the chandeliers to everything, even the perfectly manicured gardens are beautiful.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 5, 2023
  • taucherS
    Frankenthal, Germany333 contributions
    Very impressive building
    The mosque is a very impressive building and for me a must see in Mascat. We had a guide who walked us through the building and gave a lot of explanation e.g. how to pray, how to wash before praying and so on. The mosque is a very impressive building with a lot to see. Impressive because of the size and dimension, the make, the decoration, the colors and also the cleanness. The only think to criticize is the fact that for a place where hundreds of tourists are expected per day the washrooms are heavily undersized, so expect long waiting times.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Grant B
    Sydney, Australia138 contributions
    Amazing Place.
    The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is surely the highlight of any visit to Muscat. The detail of the buildings is amazing, and it's white walls and golden dome seem to glow in the bright sunshine. The main prayer room is beautifully decorated. Go there in the morning to avoid the heat of the day, the mosque closes to non Muslims at 1:30 PM and is not open on Fridays.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 7, 2023
  • ahmad al hinai
    5 contributions
    visiting muscat grand mosque
    The Muscat Grand Mosque is a stunning architectural masterpiece that truly deserves a visit. The intricate details and grandeur of the mosque are simply breathtaking. The sheer size of the mosque can accommodate thousands of worshipers at once, yet it remains peaceful and serene. The mosque has strict dress codes, so be sure to dress appropriately. The friendly staff are always willing to assist and answer any questions you may have. Whether you are a Muslim or not, visiting the Muscat Grand Mosque is a must-do activity in Oman. Overall, an unforgettable experience that should not be missed!
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Debabrata G
    Mumbai, India478 contributions
    Outstanding experience
    This was a truly amazing experience for us. The mosque is open on select days between 8 am and 11 am. The entry is free. The main hall interiors are breathtaking. The carpet was apparently handwoven at site and took 4 years to complete. It is also the largest carpet in the world. There is some very intricate work with real gold inlays. There is obviously a dress code - women need to cover their head and hands and feet need to be covered as well. Men need to wear full trousers. Photography is permitted both inside as well as outside. Not to be missed if you are visiting Muscat.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2023
  • Sharpei72
    Christchurch, New Zealand334 contributions
    If I could give it 6 stars I would
    Amazing! Such a beautiful place, stunning architecture, incredible sights, peaceful and stunning surrounds. Make sure if you are in Oman that you time your trip to allow a visit here. We came with a guide and had the opportunity to talk to some of the people who work here. One of the best experiences and places I have been.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Lottie4671
    Wavendon, United Kingdom61 contributions
    Breathtaking
    What an amazing place, just beautiful. We opted to go without a guide and found there were still people attached to the mosque who gave their time to tell us more about the great prayer room. We also stopped at the Islam guest centre and chatted to a group who supplied us with dates and water and lots of information.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Iain L
    Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom9 contributions
    Beautiful & Humbling
    A beautiful & humbling experience. The sheer craftsmanship & splendour of the Grand Mosque takes your breath away. If you’re in Muscat, make sure you don’t miss this unique opportunity to glimpse this religious/architectural wonder. Calming, spiritual, stunning. Though culturally different, the architects/builders of the Mosque share a common devotion to architectural/spiritual splendour with the creators of the great Christian Cathedrals. Beauty on this scale isn’t defined by faith or believe - just the universal quest for perfection.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,946 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
There is entry to non Muslims 8am to 11am each day except Fridays. Earlier reviews have already highlighted the need to be very conservatively dressed before entering the mosque.
The entry route takes you first to the ladies hall, then onto the Grand Mosque itself as well as the opportunity to walk around parts of the extensive outlying site including immaculate gardens. Both halls and surrounding concourse can accommodate 20,000 worshippers.
The great hall qualifies as the most amazing building we have ever seen. It houses the second largest carpet ever made at 4,200 square meters and a massive 14m tall Swarovski crystal chandelier which dominates the incredible room. Workmanship is off the highest order using only the best materials and is a wonder to behold. On entry, it takes your breath away in a way few other buildings have done in our travels around the world. Volunteer Guides are available to answer any questions and they are particularly pleased to explain the Islamic approach to religion compared with other western religions in a very non-judgmental way.
There is a huge amount of free parking available on site so driving there is no problem.
An absolute ‘must see’ when visiting Muscat.
Written January 21, 2020
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Gemma
46 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Go early !!! We got there at 8 sharp and we got the first 15 mins for us together with another tourist couple only.
The audio guide is worth getting such that you get more than the actual sights. You can rent it by the entrance in one of the corners.

The details of the mosaics in the main prayer room and along the lateral corridors are simply beautiful.

The ( I guess ) volutneers at the end of the visit who offer you to tell you about Islam were super nice and I found the conversation very insightful.
Written February 21, 2020
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Ana M
Slovenia39 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
A must to see when in Muscat. You really don’t need 45-50min as agencies advice. 20min are also enough. For women - wear a long sleeve shirt/jacket and a scarf. If you don’t have, no problem, you can rent there for 2.5 OMR. Kids under 10 tears are not allowed to visit the inside of the Mosque.
Written February 19, 2020
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Tour624342
Syracuse, NY12 contributions
Feb 2020
The mosque holds 6500 worshippers plus 750 women so you know it is quite large. Completed in 2001, it is quite modern boasting the 2nd largest Swarovski chrystal chandelier in the world. Smaller chandeliers are hung throughout building. The outside is as beautiful as the inside and built of sandstone. The surrounding gardens are lovely as well. There is an education center onsite. The day we were there an Iman spent time with us answering questions and sharing information about his religion. Non-Muslims are welcomed here.
Written March 11, 2020
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801faisalh
Sydney, Australia37 contributions
Nov 2019
i think if u r traveling to Muscat then never miss an opportunity to visit this beautiful Masjid. every single detal of this Masjid is worth watching.especially single piece hand knitted worlds largest carpet on floor of Masjid interior.
Written January 22, 2020
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SNottIN
Singapore366 contributions
Dec 2019
Impressive from outside and in. Beautiful architecture and tasteful decor inside. Spacious gardens and outdoor walking spaces provide several photo ops. The massive chandelier, carpet and stained glass in the main prayer hall were grand sights indeed.
Open only in the mornings till 11 (closed on Fridays), and dress code is strict.
Written January 4, 2020
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Sagar25
Kolkata (Calcutta), India53 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
It’s the main mosque of the Sultanate of Oman, and it’s nothing less than an architectural marvel. It has such amazing elements that you have to visit the place to get mesmerised by its beauty. It has the world’s 2nd largest chandelier weighing 8.5 tonnes, single piece prayer carpet weighing 21 tonnes, the meticulous craftsmanship on the walls and doors made of Burmese teakwood.. one has to visit to experience it. Words cannot be enough. P.S. check the dress code before going there
Written January 6, 2020
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Moksha Jajal
Rajkot, India26 contributions
Aug 2020
Non-muslims are not generally allowed to enter the mosque. However, since this is the biggest and finest mosque of Oman, sculpted magnificently and named after the then king, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, non-muslims are allowed to enter the premises as tourists and taken across the mosque for sight seeing on Friday mornings. However, a proper dresscode needs to be followed in order to enter, though they provide burkha and abaya inside the mosque for the visit, it is always preferred to wear "full sleeved shirts and full pants" and for ladies, the hair needs to be covered throughout the visit, they charge a certain fee for entering the mosque and additionally, if you rent the abaya/burkha, it will cost more. But the magnificent architecture of the mosque and its scenic beauty is worth every single penny and every effort!
Written July 8, 2021
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Meeta Z
Dubai, United Arab Emirates29 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Go early.
Its only open from 8 until 11am i think so it can get really busy after 9.30am.
Also worth avoiding the heat by going early before 8.30am, you only need to spend an hour there max.
Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and a head scarf, fitflops are good as you will need to take shoes off in many parts of the mosque.
The grounds are beautifully maintained.
You can get an audio guide but we decided not too as this is a relatively new mosque (built in 80s or 90s) and we got all the history we needed from reading ahead of the trip.
Nice and cool inside with all the marble for my 7year old to sit when tired.
Written January 4, 2020
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michael naccarato
Saint Louis, MO5 contributions
Jan 2020
Not only are the mosque and grounds beautiful and immaculate, our guide was great. He gave a tour to the four of us in perfect english and, when he thought that one of us was Italian, he proceeded to give us the tour in Italian and English. One of the great religious buildings in the world.
Written February 11, 2020
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