Malé, Maldives – Islamic Minister Dr Ahmed Zahir stated on Monday that the King Salman mosque located in capital city Malé will open with Friday prayers next week.
Speaking at a press conference, Dr Ahmed Zahir confirmed that prayers will commence at the mosque starting Friday although the mosque is not yet officially open.
A delegation of Saudi officials will arrive for the inauguration of the mosque at a later date.
Two additional mosques are scheduled to open in the capital with one in Maafannu district and one in Hulhumalé Phase I.
King Salman Mosque located on Boduthakurufaan road of capital city Malé, 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 designed to accommodate 4,000 people in congregational prayers on the first two floors, while the rest of the floors include an international library, a centre for teaching Quran, classrooms, a conference hall and various multipurpose halls.