Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Visiting the mosque
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque is a very well recognized landmark of Riyadh. Built by the donation of Al Rajhi family, it serves not just a place of worship for Muslims, but also a meeting place for community for social events like Eids and large community gatherings. The Al Rajhi Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in Riyadh and considered as an architectural marvel and one of the most significant Islamic institutions in the city. It is important to note that entry to the mosque is limited to those of the Muslim faith only. This fact should not eliminate the Al Rajhi Grand Mosque from your list of places to see when in Riyadh. The building itself is beautiful and very picturesque. The mosque holds two libraries, forensic science courses, an automated utilities system, an 18,000-person capacity men's hall and a 2,500-person capacity for women.
Juma'ah Kotbah (Friday prayers) are translated into over seven different languages and for the hearing impaired through multiple LCD screens. The exterior design is that of a traditional mosque, with classic design with rock-based tiles. Thanks to smart lightning the mosque looks majestic at night.
Things to do in the area
The mosque is also in a very desirable area of Riyadh, with several other activities, historic sites and scenic locales nearby including, King Abdulaziz Historic Center and Al Watan Park. The mosque is considered by all who visit to be grand, monumental, and serene in nature. Al-Rajhi Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the Kingdom after Saudi King Fahd Mosque and can be found on the East ring road. Opened in December 2004, the Al Rajhi Grand Mosque represents a model for integrated mosque facilities, across the entire Middle East region. This is a place which can only be appreciated for its grandness by personally seeing it for yourself. As they say seeing is believing. When in Riyadh this is a definite must visit. As one of the main mosques in Riyadh, this place of worship is immaculately maintained and is a hub of activity. There are street vendors selling dates, fruits and vegetables on most days. It is a popular place to go to hear the Friday sermon, and often extremely crowded during the night prayers during Ramadan. Regardless of the time of year, it's the perfect place to go for solitude, contemplation, and most importantly to read before and after prayers.