There are several mosques in Mosques in Oman and Arabia which welcome non-Muslims to visit. Amongst the most interesting is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque initially appears plain and yet becomes more elaborate and decorative the closer a visitor comes to it. The superlative quality of craftsmanship, design and materials are almost overwhelming and speak of a confident process in the mosque’s concept. Construction began in 1995 and took six years to complete. Representing the 5 pillars of Islam and forming the boundaries of the complex are five minarets . The dome is ‘floated’ on the walls to allow a seamless interior whose tiling, stained glass, carpet, chandelier and wood represent a fusion of traditional design executed utilising current technology.
The exterior is clad in durable sandstone, reminiscent of the palaces in Rajasthan India. Reducing the impact that monumental size of the building has, the ‘Riwaqs’ are a tranquil part of the complex that compliments the gardens which completely surround the building.
In The Gulf there are several major Mosques which also welcome non-Muslims 6 Days a week (and in Oman more – which are detailed on page 32 of The Bradt Guide to Oman)