King Salman mosque to be ready by end of month

King Salman Mosque being constructed in capital Male' will reach completion by the end of the month, the planning ministry has revealed.

The project engineer, Hassan Saamee revealed to the media during a media tour held Tuesday that according to the agreement with the government, the construction of the mosque must be completed and handed over to the government by 31st January.

While the final interior work are currently ongoing, the project will be completed by the deadline, said Saamee.

After the construction of the mosque is completed, the mosque will be handed over to the Islamic Ministry by the Planning Ministry. The date on which the mosque is officially opened to the public will be decided by the Islamic Ministry.

Spread over a total area of 41500 square feet, the beautiful mosque can accommodate 10,000 people simultaneously. Four elevators have been installed at the mosque for easy access.

The ground, first and second floor of the five-storey building is allocated for praying. While the ground of the mosque has the capacity to accommodate 6000 worshipers, 4000 people can simultaneously use the first and second floors of the mosque.

The second floor is especially for female worshippers, it has a separate entrance with special washrooms for women.

The third floor of the mosque has a large library and an auditorium. Although the infrastructural work of both rooms have been completed, the furniture required for the library has not yet been installed. The fourth floor has a part of the auditorium and a lobby while the fifth floor has a multi-purpose hall.

Saamee said two parking areas will be available on either side of the mosque. The parking area which can accommodate both motorcycles and cars is currently under design stage, and will be ready sometime next week, revealed Saamee.

King Salman Mosque is being built under a grant aid provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While the total cost of the project is unclear, the mosque stands on the outskirts of Male' city overlooking the Sinamale' Bridge.