Sultan Taimur bin Faisal Mosque (جامع السلطان تيمور بن فيصل) is a gorgeous new royal mosque that was inaugurated by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos in August 2012 and is located in Al Mabilah North in Muscat. Like all new royal mosques, the Sultan Taimur bin Faisal Mosque is open for non-Muslims to visit free of charge from 8am to 11am Saturday to Thursday. If you are looking for a new grand architectural masterpiece that is not too far from downtown, this is the place to visit.
Sultan bin Taimur Mosque is built in the style of 16th century Mongolic architecture and features a unique ceiling with three onion-shaped domes. The domes and the body of the mosque are covered with marble and flowery Islamic mosaics, and the interior of the mosque showcases some breathtaking intricate Arabic calligraphy engraving. The mosque also features some of the chandeliers and arches common to modern royal Omani structures such the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Royal Opera House Muscat.
The mosque is built in memory of Sultan Taimur bin Faisal Al Busaidi, the grandfather of Sultan Qaboos bin Said and who ruled Oman from 1913 to 1932. Sultan Taimur bin Faisal ruled during some of Oman’s most difficult economic times prior to the discovery of oil and managed to bring it to a relative political and economic stability. He passed the throne to his son Sultan Said bin Taimur during his lifetime due to his sickness.
The Sultan bin Taimur Mosque is one of of the few mosques in Oman which are officially open to non-Muslims to visit. Just like the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, visitors of the mosque must dress modestly and women must not show their hair, legs, or arms.
Sultan Taimur bin Faisal Mosque is a beautiful brand new landmark in Muscat that remains unknown to most people. The mosque is in Al Mabilah, which is not part of the central area of Muscat, but still only about 20 minutes away from the airport. Check the map below to know it’s exact location.