Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque


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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Inaugurated just over a decade ago, this contemporary Islamic mosque is, perhaps, the capital's greatest attraction and largest place of worship. The handwoven prayer hall carpet alone is a site to take in - its 1,700,000,000 knots took 4 years and 600 craftswomen to weave, and the carpet's total weight exceeds a staggering 21 tons. English-language tours are available to visitors.

Do & See

Muscat's geographical positioning in close proximity to the sea, desert and mountains provides visitors with an endless list of possible activities. With natural beauty, beach resorts, an emerging cultural scene (facilitated much by the recently constructed Royal Opera House) and historical relics, the nation's capital is guaranteed to keep travelers busy both on land (mosques, forts and souqs) and at sea (dolphin-watching tours and snorkeling, to name a few).