The Kuwait Grand Mosque
Situated opposite Al Seif Palace and the Stock Exchange, this beige coloured mosque does not look as imposing from the outside as it does from the inside, although the building spans 20,000 square metres.
Every week day morning at 9.30am, you can visit the mosque and you can have a guided tour free of charge. This is well worth doing as you will find out many facts and figures about the building as well as about the Islamic way of life.. you can ask lots of questions! You may also borrow an abaya and head scarf if you do not have one, but long loose clothing is also recommended.
The colour scheme is beige and blue- taken from the colours of the environment, which is very pleasing and relaxing to the eye (especially for those night prayers I am told).
The main prayer hall is apparently the largest hall with 4 columns and can accommodate 10,000 men. It is beautiful with natural light seeping in and also chandeliers hanging (each weighing the same as a car!)
The mosque was completed in 1986 and the number of worshippers has been growing each year with apparently 180,000 men and women praying together one night during Ramadam 2011! To accommodate this number, even the multi level car park was transformed into prayer halls, being cleaned, carpeted and air conditioned for the purpose!
Not to be missed is the Amir's room. This room is used twice a year by the Amir and leads on from the main prayer hall. It has been designed and crafted beautifully with symmetrical lines on the walls and ceiling. Don't forget to take off your shoes to walk on the beautiful carpet.... check out the photos from the trip below...