The state mosque is located in the Jubailat district of Doha just south of the Corniche, High on a hill overlooking the Qatar Sports Club in Doha's West Bay. Constructed in the first half of 20th century, the mosque features an imposing building with many domes and was built with a fascinating mix of both traditional Arabic and modern architecture which includes sparkling half-moons, a minaret and large open outdoor spaces. The grand mosque has a very fresh feel with crispy lines besides it preserves some of the traditional Islamic architectural elements and with its distinguishing doomed roof it will be a stunning example of architectural magnificence and landmark construction in Doha.
Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, the founder of Qatar Mosque Boualaqbib constructed the state grand mosque in memory of his father. When he heard the death of his father on his return from his military campaign in Zubara in 1878, he decided to build a grand mosque in Doha. The beautiful, prolific mosque also tells the Doha story with the sandstone facades, the lowly building height and ninety smaller domes impersonate the building constraints present when Qatar was in its early years. The refurbishment work started in December 16, 2006 at a cost of 420 million riyals. The total area of the mosque is approximately 175,000 sq.m. In the air-conditioned central hall of the mosque, more than 10,000 men can offer prayers and the nearby spacious space overlooking the Men's Area is enough to accommodate 1300 women. The mosque has three main doors and as many as 17 side entrances. As many as 65 domes cover the outer quadrangle and 28 large domes cover the central hall. Generally, the mosque can house worshippers of as many as 30,000 at a time including the outdoor area.
How to get there?
The mosque is in Al Mohandiseen Street, Doha, south of the Corniche, nearby the Qatar Sports Club. Travellers can smoothly find their ways in the area, as locals around speak English, Arabic and urdu moreover visitors can also find suitable transportation to move within the city.