The Grand Mosque is
the largest mosque in the state of Kuwait. Its area
spans 45,000 square meters, out of which the building
itself covers 20,000 square meters. The main prayer hall
is 72 meters wide on all sides, has 21 teakwood doors,
and has lighting provided by 144 windows.
The dome of the
mosque is 26 meters in diameter, and 43 meters high, and
is decorated with the 'Asma al-hosna', the 99 names of
God. The mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 men in the
main prayer hall, and up to 950 women in the separate
hall for women. The mosque also contains a 350 square
meter library of Islamic reference books and documents.
To accommodate the
immense amount of cars belonging to worshipers, the
mosque also contains a 5-level car park underneath the
eastern courtyard which can hold up to 550 cars.
Construction on the mosque started in 1979, and the
mosque was completed in 1986.