During my recent trip to the middle east, one of the most awesome sites that I visited was The Grand Mosque of Qatar, otherwise known as The Abdul Wahhab Mosque.
Located relatively close to Doha, Qatar’s downtown core, The Grand Moque is the largest mosque in Qatar, and includes 90 domes, 18 entrances and can hold up to 30,000 people.
Built in 2013, it was named after the 18th century Islamic theologian and inaugurated by the Former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
Initially, I was overtaken by the mosque’s extravagance and size, and I was impressed by the sheer volume of light fixtures and details within and surrounding its structure.
Despite the affluence of the mosque, it somehow also retained the simple, clean lines, for which Qatari architecture is known. I was also fascinated by the fact that it embodied Qatar’s appreciation for modern architecture, while still retaining it sacredness, and representing traditional Islamic artistry.
Prior to my trip, the interior was only accessible to Muslims, but fortunately for me, that rule was recently overturned.
Whether they are Muslim or not, women are required to wear a hijab prior to entering [it], the prayer areas of the mosque are segregated, and men and women enter the mosque from different entrances, as well.
Soon after entering the mosque with my friends, I realized that I was incredibly fortunate, with the exception of a small security team and a cat that we appropriately named Grumpy, it was completely empty.
The probability that a mosque with a capacity of 30,000 was devoid of people was slim to none, and made documenting the structure far less complicated than I had anticipated.
More of my images of The Grand Mosque of Qatar can be viewed below.
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