Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
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8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Monday
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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  • Sharpei72
    Christchurch, New Zealand442 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Kingdom79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Saxmundham, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Architecture and Style
    The mosque is open for tourists Saturday through Thursday ~8-11 am. You need to dress modestly so men need to wear pants and women need to wear long sleeve shirts, pants that cover ankles and a scarf around their hair. We arrived here later than expected but the staff were very welcoming and kind. Tour guides offer their services for 5 OMR per person and there are audio guides that cost 2.5 OMR but the entrance is free to everyone. We went with a tour guide and felt it was short but sweet. The mosque itself is stunning and truly a modern wonder. The materials to build the mosque come from all over the world. We spent a lot of time taking pictures of the different architectural pieces and designs. Before entering the main mosque hall everyone is expected to remove their shoes and go barefoot or with socks. Parking was plentiful and all you need to do is follow the signs during your visit to park. If you take a taxi ask to be dropped off at the information centre. Plan to spend about at least an hour here and longer if you want to check out the library or have coffee and dates. Information books are free and offered in many languages. Coffee and dates are also free but you may need to ask a staff member where to go as the signage is limited.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended to visit
    I hired an English speaking driver to visit this attraction plus other places. This was our first stop. Due to time constraints, we visited first the area of the mosque reserved for female worshippers before proceeding to the main area. What impressed me are the many beautiful chandeliers hanging from the celing, the colorful tiles and intricate carvings of the walls and ceilings panels. Briefly visited the beautiful gardens as well. Note to female visitors: Be sure you are properly attired, head covering, long sleeve blouses and pants. Shoes are required when going inside the mosque so be sure you have socks on.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Ivar Herlev S
    Copenhagen, Denmark57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Islamic monumentalism
    A lavish mosque extravaganza: when money is not an issue, this is what the Sultan bestows on his subjects. Immaculate and pristine … A showcase of Arabian culture, placing Oman at the forefront - but maybe also a mosque, one can visit anywhere in one of the extremely rich Gulf states. Lacking monumental sights in Muscat, this is definitely a place to visit/photograph.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
  • Adam Jones
    Beijing, China190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finest in Oman
    Sultan Qaboos Mosque is by far the finest in Oman, and as far as modern mosques in all of the Middle East and North Africa, it ranks high on my list. The exterior is huge, and the interior of the main hall is amazingly decorated. The mosque is only open from 8-11:30 and you could easily spend the whole morning just at this one mosque
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 21, 2023
  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark5,323 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Taj Mahal Moment
    Sultan Qaboos's breathtakingly beautiful mosque makes the entire trip to Muscat worthwhile. Many years ago, we visited the Taj Mahal in India and were profoundly moved by the ethereal beauty of the place. We actually shed a tear on that occasion. The structure also holds much of the refinement experienced when visiting the ancient Iranian mosques. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque possesses some of the same soulfulness, even though it was completed only in 2001. Must-see!! *) *) And it's entirely free.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
  • davidhughtaylor
    Melbourne, Australia603 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if driving car near airport
    Worth a visit if driving own rental car from the nearby airport. After seeing the main hall, head south (towards mountains) to the library education centre where volunteers give a free short talk on Islam. Women must cover arms and head so can bring own scarf to save paying to 2.5 OMR to buy one. Mosque only open 8~11 am.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 9, 2023
  • geo3
    Calgary, Canada1,466 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massive
    Certainly the most beautiful building in Muscat. It's well worth a stop even if the visit is in the afternoon (as our tour was), when the interior is not open to tourists. The landscaping around the mosque is also impressive, especially given the arid climate of the area.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 25, 2023
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I have visited Grand Mosques in lots of Middle Eastern, North African and Central Asian capitals and it seems there is a competition to have the biggest carpet, highest minaret and, especially, most expensive. The Grand Mosque in Muscat was #1 for a while, until it got knocked off its perch by Abu Dhabi.
It is a remarkable structure, worth visiting - if only to contemplate the vast amounts of money spent on a sensational carpet and a monster of a chandelier.
Written May 24, 2024
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Lady Satti
United Kingdom318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
It's absolutely amazing.
The late Qaboos' architecture was legendary in his country.
being a mother to 2 omani chikdrej oman is my fav place in the gulf.
Written May 6, 2024
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Mohammed Ahmed A
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The grand mosque is one of the most popular sites for prayer and worship services in Muscat also a nice place for tourists
Written May 4, 2024
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Ali Nazifpour
Tehran, Iran30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A stunning and towering masterpiece of architecture. Grand and sublime and breathtaking. A mixture of Islamic and western accomplishments in art. From the beautiful chandeliers made in the west, the beautiful carpet made in Iran, and the many tiles that chronicle the many styles of tiles in mosques throughout history. This mosque is a place which would attract tourists for centuries to come and it's a testament that the late Sultan has left an undeniable mark on history by construction of it and having named it after himself. It's rare for modern rulers to seek this kind of cultural immortality, but I'm glad that Sultan Qaboos did.
Written April 28, 2024
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si t
Aldershot, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Quick visit to the grand mosque and it was pretty impressive too say the least. Very relaxed and calming atmosphere around the whole complex, which I was not expecting. They have a cafe hidden away to the left as you walk in and the gardens are so well looked after. The main mosque is massive and the interior is second too none in my opinion. It is a must to visit.
Written April 26, 2024
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wanderlust152015
United Kingdom113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
My sister and I visited this mosque for about an hour, as part of a city tour. It was easy to find our way around, and where the shoe racks were. There was also enough room for all visitors. Even though there was a large tour group in one of the prayer halls, we didn't have to push past anyone.

The building itself was beautiful! We enjoyed exploring the various areas which were open to visitors, and walking through the garden.

The dress code is very strict. Other reviewers might have mentioned this, but you do need to cover up and ladies are asked to wear a hijab. You can either borrow one, or bring a scarf/shawl from home. :)
Written April 26, 2024
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Rukki
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A very peaceful place to visit. The mosque is grand and has a large hand woven carpet and a large chandelier. The mosque inside and outside is highly maintained and it is very very clean. The guides are very good at giving a good simple explanation and explaining basic islam for their non muslim visitors. It is a place to visit as it brings people of different backgrounds togrther and this is nice to see. I would recommend a trip to this mosque.
Written April 25, 2024
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betty l
Brampton, Canada10,557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This is a very beautiful mosque with the biggest chandelier made of crystals that I have seen, the biggest carpet in a mosque that I have every entered and such beautiful gardens. This is certainly one of Oman's gems. Make sure you have a tour guide with you because there are certain days and hours for tourists to visit. Make sure you are properly dressed and have a scarf with you to cover your head.
Written March 31, 2024
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SUNILDASWANEY
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
An extremely beautiful, well-constructed, well-designed, and very well-maintained Mosque which gave us the tourists great happiness in visiting. I would definitely recommend visiting this very well-designed Mosque when visiting Muscat Oman
Written March 23, 2024
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WonderfulWorld59
Lee's Summit, MO440 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This mosque is open to tourists for a short period each day and appears to remain unused by the local population. Our visit was disappointing. One member of our group was initially denied entry because her forearms were exposed (from the elbow to her wrist). Being a Muslim, this was very upsetting for her and seemed unusually strict. It also cost us valuable time. Once we were able to enter, it was difficult to find the main mosque due to a complete lack of signage. A kind employee at the first mosque entrance asked if we had seen the big mosque... We thought we were at the big mosque! Unfortunately, when we finally reached the big mosque the doors had closed. We were not alone as many people stood in front of the doors in confusion. Door attendants provided several empty promises leading people to believe that the doors would open again soon - and yes they could look inside. For more than 30 minutes, visitors wandered around until finally they all gave up. I certainly respect the rules of this place of worship. However, they could do a much better job communicating with those who wish to visit. Our group are residents in the Middle East and are very familiar with mosques. However, clearly we were not prepared for this particular situation! We were deeply disappointed :(
Written March 19, 2024
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