The Doha Grand Mosque was opened in December 2011 and holds 30,000 worshippers. Its traditional exterior goes hand in hand with the modern, spacious design of the interior.
The massive mosque at the intersection of Onaiza Street and Khalifa Street is hard to miss with its elegant 65-metre-high minaret. Up to 3,000 vehicles can be parked at the associated car park.
PICTURES: Great Mosque in Doha
Particularly noteworthy are the total of 93 domes of the mosque, whose façade is quite traditionally made of light-coloured sandstone. 28 domes are on the prayer hall of the mosque and the 65 smaller ones above the vestibule.
The large prayer room is beautifully decorated and all in red and gold, and there is a separate prayer room for the women that holds about 1,200 people. Both prayer rooms are of course air-conditioned. All in all, the three floors of the Great Mosque house around 20,000 square metres of space. The area around the mosque is 175,000 square metres.
Visit to the Great Mosque of Doha
In adequate clothing (head, shoulders and knees covered), non-Muslims may also enter the Great Mosque.
In addition to the three pompous main portals, the mosque can be entered through seventeen side entrances. Inside the Great Mosque of Doha, 12,000 worshippers can gather for prayer, and the spacious and wonderfully decorated courtyard of the mosque can hold another 30,000 people. The spacious design of the building gives the mosque a modern and pleasantly airy atmosphere.