Muscat: His Majesty's first grand mosque in Zanzibar which can accommodate up to 1,600 people, has been officially opened, the government announced.
Under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Ali Mohammad Shein, President of Zanzibar, the mosque was opened on Friday.
Built under the orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the mosque is a reflection of the deep historical ties between the Sultanate and Zanzibar.
The President of Zanzibar, in his speech, deepened the historical relations between the two friendly peoples and cherished the contribution to the establishment of this Islamic and cultural building.
"I thank His Majesty the Sultan for the construction of this great Islamic edifice which I was honoured to inaugurate, which is a beautiful and spacious building here in Zanzibar and will benefit the Zanzibari people through its facilities and the techniques that the mosque contains," Shein said.
The mosque includes multiple facilities such as a main prayer hall, which can accommodate more than 1300 people. An external prayer room accommodates more than 250 worshipers and a prayer room for women has a capacity for 300.
The mosque is also equipped with classrooms, a language and computer lab, and a multi-purpose hall and science library.
The grand mosque is distinguished by its unique architecture, which combines originality and modernity. In addition, the architecture reflects Omani, African and Islamic inscriptions in its designs.