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Covering 40,000 sq metres, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, built on a raised podium to elevate it from ground level, took 6 years to build. It stands prominently overlooking the main highway through Muscat in Al Khuwair.

It can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers and consists of a main prayer hall, ladies prayer hall, covered passageways, a meeting hall, and library which will eventually contain up to 20,000 books.

A major feature of the main prayer hall is the hand-made Persian carpet consisting of 1,700 million knots, weighing 21 tonnes and made in a single piece measuring 70 x 60 metres. From design stage it took 4 years complete and 600 female weavers from province of Khurasan in Iran were involved in its' making.

The mosque was completed and then inaugurated by His Majesty the Sultan in May 2001.

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