Composed of a central prayer hall, second prayer hall, and arcades set within a walled and minaret-studded compound, the Grand Mosque blends modern and traditional Islamic architecture with Omani and Persian detail. Highlights include the magnificent main prayer hall, decorated with one of the world’s largest carpets and biggest chandeliers; arcades inscribed with Quranic script; and a latticed gold dome.
Muslim and non-Muslim visitors can explore independently or on audio or house guided tours. Most, however, visit Muscat tours that include other sights like Mutrah Souk and convenient return transport. Others take evening tours that show the illuminated mosque against Oman’s darkened mountains. Additional possibilities include Muscat tours paired with a lunch or cruise; mosque tours that continue to places such as Nizwa; multi-day tours that cover Muscat and Oman’s interior; and Muscat tours from Dubai.