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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Mosques in Doha – The Most Significant Mosques in Doha

Doha, a name that simultaneously means 'the big tree' and 'rounded bays', is Qatar's capital and has been ranked as one of the 'New7Wonders Cities' along with Kuala Lampur and Beirut.


The State Grand Mosque

Given the prosperity of Doha, many of the mosques in the city have been designed with the calibre and daring imagination of many a luxury hotel Doha has to offer such as Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. The State Grand Mosque is one such example and is one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. The building is massive, striking and intimidating. The architecture of the mosque is distinctly middle-eastern, while also having a very modern appearance. The mosque has a capacity of more than thirty thousand people and has been named after an 18th century Muslim revisionist by the name of 'Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab'.


The Masjid of Katara

This might not be the biggest mosque in Doha, but it is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful. The mosque was designed by renowned Turkish designer of mosques, 'Zainab Fadil Oglu'. The decorations on the outside of the palace were carried out by a team of experts who handled the restoration of the 'Dolmabahçe Palace' in Istanbul. The exterior of the mosque contains a spectacular mosaic comprised of purple and turquoise and provides a well balanced contrast from the overall sandy colour of the mosque.


Mosque at Hamad International Airport

Doha's new airport was completed sometime in 2014, and the on-site mosque is definitely one of the most abstract and awe-inspiring mosques in existence. The mosque's shape was based on a water-droplet and it's entirely glass exterior really adds to that basis. The interior walls of the large mosque contain specific verses of the Quran, while also showcasing panoramic views of the surroundings. The mosque's tower is also striking and at night appears to be completely crystalline with a bright light situated at the very top. The square outside the mosque creates a serene and peaceful environment with its gardens and a central fountain.


Al Ayouni Mosque

One of the earlier mosques to appear in Doha, this mosque was constructed around 1934. During that time the most significant area of Doha was near the coast, which is why the mosque is situated in a coastal region. It is very conservative where design is concerned and therefore has an elegant and traditional facade.


Education City Mosque

This is definitely one of the most daring and innovative mosques in the world in terms of design and implementation. It was constructed by the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies and has become one of the most iconic landmarks in the Doha skyline. The design of the mosque is so strikingly abstract and modern that one might easily mistake it for an airport or even a luxury hotel. The entire structure has very fluid architecture, with minimal edges. If you're heading on a visit to Doha, this is one of the most essential sights to experience.