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Photo Essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East

By Rashmi Gopal Rao

Known for their splendid architecture and magnificent beauty, mosques are more often than not community centres rather than just places of worship.  Replete with typical elements of Islamic architecture, mosques are characterized by the presence of elaborate domes, oranate minarets as well as large prayer halls.  On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr aka Ramadan today, here is a look at some stunning mosques of the Middle East.

Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque, Doha

Also referred to as the Qatar State Mosque or the national mosque of Qatar, the Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque was opened in 2011 in Doha.  With as many as 20 entrances including 3 main doors, the mosque has as many as 95 domes.  With a striking exterior, the mosque has a design that is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional and the contemporary.

Photo essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East
Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque, Doha
Photo essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East
Interiors of the Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque in Doha
Photo essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East
View of the Corniche from Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque in Doha

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat

Known for its grandeur and resplendence, the Grand mosque is arguably the most famous building that dominates the skyline of Muscat.  Decorated with intricate mosaic patterns, one of the most unique features of the mosque is the carpet and the chandelier in the prayer room both of which are one of the largest in the world!

Photo essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat
Photo essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East
Inside Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Oman

Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain

The largest place of worship in the country, the Al Fateh Grand Mosque is a key place of tourist interest as well. With a majestic dome atop built entirely of fibreglass, the mosque is a picture of elegance and architectural brilliance with Italian marble flooring, Austrian chandeliers and teak wood doors from India.

Photo essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East
A view of Al Fateh Grand Mosque in Bahrain
Photo essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East
A view of Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain

Al Noor Mosque, Sharjah

Designed in classic Turkish Ottoman design, the Al Noor mosque is one of the most famous landmarks of Sharjah. With ornamental detailing, the exterior of the mosque has 34 domes built in a cascading fashion and two minarates that are as high as 52 meters. Apart from the delicate floral, geometric and arabesque patterns, the calligraphic inscriptions from the Holy Quran dominate the interiors.

Photo essay: Four Spectacular Mosques of the Middle East
King Faisal Mosque, Sharjah

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