Saudi delegation to arrive next week to set opening date for King Salman Mosque

King Salman Mosque | Photo: Twitter user / Ali Thaufeeq

Malé, Maldives – The President’s Office on Wednesday, informed that a Saudi Arabian delegation will arrive in Maldives next week, to decide a date for the official opening of King Salman Mosque on Boduthakurufaan road of capital city Malé.

The construction of the mosque was completed and handed over to the government in early 2020. However, the mosque has not yet been opened for public use. The government later attempted to temporarily open the mosque for Ramadan, but was unable to do so either.

Head of Communication Department of the President’s Office Ibrahim Hood said giving information to local news outlet Adhadhu, that a certain decision for the opening of the mosque has not yet been taken. However, the Saudi Arabian delegation is set to arrive next week to make a decision.

King Salman Mosque is a USD 25 million project started by the previous government, with the government of Saudi Arabia pledging USD 14.5 million for the project.

The mosque is expected to accommodate 4,000 people in congregational prayers on the first two floors, while the third floor is supposed to have classrooms and seminar rooms. The fourth floor will have a library and auditorium. A multipurpose hall is to be established on the fifth floor.