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The Sultan Qaboos Mosque was a gift from Sultan Qaboos to the inhabitants of Oman. In honour of his 30-year reign in the early 1990s, the sultan commissioned the building of a mosque larger than any other mosque in Oman. Since 2001, the sparkling result can be seen along the road that leads to the heart of Muscat; in daytime it shines in the bright sun, at night it is beautifully illuminated.
In 1993, Sultan Qaboos announced a competition for the design of the mosque. Architect Mohammed Saleh Makiya’s ingenious design was the big winner and construction of the Sultan Qaboos Mosque began in 1995. It took 6 years and the giant mosque, the largest in Oman, was inaugurated in 2001.