Known for its world-renowned beaches and seawater, the Maldives is amongst the world’s favourite destination for holidaymakers, especially for those who are keen on sand, sea and sun attractions. However, more than meets the eye, this tiny archipelago nation is also a predominantly Muslim-majority country in the Indian Ocean region.
A new mosque project has been schemed by the Government of Maldives in 2016 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebration of Maldives Independence Day. Named after His Majesty King Salman of Saudi Arabia, the mosque is funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as a token of generous gesture to the people of Maldives in strengthening their Islamic values and principles.
Located on Boduthakurufaanu Magu street, the sea-fronting site is bordered by an artificial beach. Formerly a public ground area, the site majestically sits across the recently constructed Sinamalé Bridge, thus makes it easily accessible to other parts of the country.
Consisting of seven-storey, the radial structure also includes a mezzanine level within the multipurpose hall on the fourth floor. Several prayer halls are provided, located on the first floor and the sixth floor. Other facilities encompass a centre for Islamic studies, seminar rooms, resource centre and auditorium, with ablution and toilet amenities located on the ground floor near the car park. Devoid of a conventional dome, the tapered green-clad dome structure resembles of a tent structure, akin to that of the Maldivian vernacular roof structure. It is flanked by five minarets that represent the five pillars of Islam.