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Experience the Imam Abdul Wahhab Mosque


Standing atop a hill, the Qatar State Grand Mosque melds tradition and modernity.

Imam Abdul Wahhab Mosque

As the largest mosque in Qatar, Imam Abdul Wahhab, also known as the Qatar State Grand Mosque, was inaugurated in 2011. Its simple lines and graceful arches are nonetheless eye-catching, and characteristic of Islamic architectural tradition. The mosque houses three libraries, separate prayer and ablution halls for men and women, and special halls for Quran memorisation, and can hold over 30,000 worshippers.

How to get there?

  • The Grand Mosque is easily accessible by car or taxi. 

Imam Abdul Wahhab Mosque

Address

Al Muhandiseen St

Phone

+974 4470 0000

Website

http://jameaalemam.com/

The sandstone mosque commands impressive views of the Doha skyline, with its succession of arches and domes marking the mosque as the largest in the country.  Earth coloured marble flooring keeps worshippers cool during the heat of summer, while corridors covered by small domes offer shade.  The mosque consists of a total of 93 domes, some of which sit atop the prayer niche or mihrab and the prayer hall.  Religious instruction is offered throughout the year, in addition to a robust calendar of social, educational and cultural programs. 

Highlights of your visit

  • Prayer hall

  • Library

  • Gardens

The State Grand Mosque was built by Qatar’s founder, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani in memory of his father. It is named after Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the reformist preacher and scholar from Saudi Arabia who is credited with founding Wahhabism, which puts forward a purist interpretation of Islam.  Prevalent in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia, adherents are known as salafis, and focus on the oneness of God, with venerating saints or visiting tombs frowned upon. 

Entry is open to all visitors, regardless of religious affiliation, during non-prayer times though organized tours are recommended. Everyone must remove their shoes prior to entering the mosque.  Visitors must be sure to dress conservatively, and women are provided with scarves to cover their heads, and where needed, abayas. Food is not allowed inside, and as with all houses of worship, visitors should be respectful and decorous. Children under the age of seven are not allowed, and photography is strictly prohibited in the ladies’ praying area.

Blending traditional and modern elements, the mosque stands out for its simplistic beauty.

Nearby attractions

Katara Cultural Village is Doha’s go-to destination for culture and entertainment.  Containing galleries, a planetarium, theatres and performances venues, as well as restaurants set along the waterfront, it is the perfect place to soak up some sun and culture.  To kick back, visitors can go to Al Hazm, which offers a retail and dining experience unlike any other in Doha. To gain an understanding of Qatar’s past, head to the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), and the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), and take a walk through the history of the region and its people. 

Useful information

Address

Al Muhandiseen St

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