Built under the leadership of Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad between 1979 and 1986, Grand Mosque is the official mosque in Kuwait. The Islamic arhitecture and various things to do at Grand Mosque attract people to visit this mosque.
Great Grand Mosque
1. The Architecture
This is a common thing to do at Grand Mosque, admiring the architecture. Many people who visit this mosque are hypnotized with the beautiful and excellent Islamic architecture. The Islamic architecture of this building was influenced by Roman, Byzantine, Persian and all the other land which ever conquered in the 7th and 8th century. It has blue beige color scheme which is influenced by the sorrounding area of the mosque and the color can bring relaxation for every visitors. The construction of this mosque was started in 1979 and finished in 1986 in the late of Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad leadership.
2. The Hall of Prayers
Not only admiring the architecture, people also be spoiled by the building. Another thing to do at Grand Mosque is getting into the building and see the largest prayer hall in Kuwait. The mosque's building consists of three hall of prayers: the main hall, daily prayers hall and the women hall. The main hall is for men and it can accomodate 10.000 men in a time. While the women hall can accomodate 950 women in a time. The hall prayer is completed with 21 doors and 144 window which lets the natural light come into the building.
3. The Amir Room
Don't forget to visit Amir room that exists in this mosque. This is a must thing to do at Grand Mosque to see the room of the leader who built this mosque. This room was used twice a year by amir to see the progress of the mosque when it was constructing. Amir Room will lead visitors into the main hall of Grand Mosque. It has been designed and completed by beautiful craft with symmetrical lines on the walls and ceiling. When you are entering this room, don't forget to take off your shoes since you're gonna walk on the red carpet.
4. Islamic Library
Visiting while learning is the best thing to do at Grand Mosque as it housed a library of Islamic reference books and documents that can be accessed by researchers. The library is also used to host a seminar since it has a lecture hall, scientific and cultural programs sponsored by the Grand Mosque.
5. The Surrounding Area
Walking and relaxing are also the best thing to do at Grand Mosque since it is surrounded by flower gardens, plants and palm trees with fountains and waterfalls. You will feel the nature atmosphere before you getting inside the mosque or even when you go outside. The natural view which is completed with the blue beige as the color scheme of the mosque make you feel the heavenly ambiance.
How to Get Tickets?
There is admission fee at Grand Mosque. You can visit this mosque for free. There is also a Grand Mosque tour held by the mosque. The tour is held every weekdays in the morning at 9.30. Grand Mosque tour will make you find out any facts and figures about the building as well as the Islamic way of life. You are free to ask a lot of question. This is the best thing to do at Grand Mosque to know about Islamic life.
How To Get Around?
The Grand Mosque is located near Kuwait Towers and opposite the Amir of Kuwait Palace. The best thing to do at Grand Mosque to get around the area is walking. You do not need bus or car to visit the other tourist attractions.
What Should I Wear?
As it is a religious place, women are required to wear long sleeves and long ankle length skirt so that can cover the shoulders and knee. Otherwise the mosque will provide a cloak. If you have your own headscarf, you can bring it when you visit Grand Mosque.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit it anytime you want and do the all things to do at Grand Mosque.If you are visiting this mosque in the holy month Ramadan, Grand Mosque is popular for its prayer arrangement during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site. It is easy to find the mosque and you can do all things to do at Grand Mosque on your own.
How To Get There?
If you are looking for Kuwait public transport with friendly, you take the bus services. If you travel to Kuwait by road then you should try its public bus transport. From the bus station, you only have to walk for 10 minutes, then you will reach the Grand Mosque. However, if you are staying in Kuwait City, you can only walk down the Arabian Gulf Street, the Grand Mosque is oppsite the Kuwait Palace and Stock Exchange.
Make sure you arrive on time at the mosque to join the Grand Mosque tour, this is a must thing to do at Grand Mosque so that you do not interrupt prayer time.