Discover the fascinating Al Fateh Mosque - one of Bahrain's most iconic attractions
The Al Fateh Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world while also being Bahrain’s main place of worship for many people. It was built 28 years ago, in 1987, under the funding and guidance of Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. It’s named after Ahmed Al Fateh who was the first monarch of the country. Capable of catering to 7,000 worshippers at any one time, this attraction is a must-see if visiting Bahrain.
The Al-Fateh Mosque (also known as Al-Fateh Islamic Center and Al Fateh Grand Mosque) covers 6,500 square metres and has the capacity to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers at a time. The mosque was built by the late Sheikh Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifa in 1987 and was named after Ahmed Al Fateh, the founder of Bahrain. In 2006, Al Fateh became the site of the National Library of Bahrain.
The Mosque is an iconic representation of modern Islamic architecture. With an impressive large crystal chandelier in the central praying room and Italian marble finishing’s, the building is a must see attractions when visiting Bahrain. The big and peaceful worshipping mosque also features a cultural centre where you can learn all about Islam and the Mosque. It truly is one of Bahrain’s most landmark attractions and a must-see during your trip to Bahrain.
Complement your stay in Bahrain by staying in luxury serviced apartments near the Al Fateh mosque. Fraser Suites Seef, Bahrain are in the perfect location in the heart of the vibrant finance district with excellent transport links to Bahrain Airport and the nearby motorways allowing you to enjoy a stress-free and comfortable stay in Seef.
About the Mosque
Besides being a place of worship, the mosque is one of the premier tourist attractions in Bahrain. It is open Saturday - Thursday from 9am to 4pm and tours are conducted in a variety of languages including English, French, Filipino, Russian and many others. The mosque is closed to visitors and tourists on all Fridays.
The mosque is made up of different materials from other countries including; Austrian glass, marble made in Italy and teak coming all the way from India. Tours are available on arrival and guides will enlighten you on religious etiquette while showing you various features of the attraction’s incredible architecture.
Taking part in a free guided tour from the knowledgeable and professional staff is a must to learn the history of the building, daily activities and much more. Tour guides are very open for discussions about religions and they will answer any questions you may have. Women must be covered by wearing an abaya and headscarf. If you do not have one, you can have the opportunity to borrow one which will be lent to you at no charge, to be returned after your tour.
Visitors will be mesmerised throughout the fascinating tour. Upon entering the mosque, you’ll have the opportunity to take pictures around the courtyard and inside the mosque while the tour guide explains the structure of the building as well as how the Islamic religion was founded and the differences between certain religions. You can only enter the main prayer room as classes are taking place throughout the day.
Learn about the building
The mosque is the largest place of worship of its kind in Bahrain. Located next to the King Faisal Highway in Juffair, which is a town located in the Bahraini capital city of Manama. The huge dome built on top of the Al Fateh Mosque is constructed entirely of fibreglass. Weighing over 60 tonnes, the dome is currently the world's largest fibreglass dome. The marble used in the floors was shipped in from Italy and teak wood from India. Throughout the mosque are beautiful Kufic calligraphy writings.
How to get there
The Mosque is located in a vibrant area near many restaurants and shops. This important Bahraini attraction is within close proximity to Fraser Suites, making us of the most easily accessible hotels near to Al Fateh Mosque. It takes only 17 minutes by car to reach the mosque via King Faisal Highway. Our front desk staff will be happy to assist you with directions or to arrange transport.
Select to stay in a hotel near Al Fateh Mosque
If you’re with a large family searching for serviced apartments while in Seef then why not stay in one of our luxury serviced apartments. We are delighted to offer 90 fully furnished residences in Bahrain ranging from studios to penthouses, designed for guests who desire greater space and sophistication when in town. Accommodating up to six people, the suites include a dining area, separate bedrooms, home entertainment system, washer/dryer and other amenities making your suite a home from home.
Eat in the comfort of your contemporary designed suite with our tasty room service menu, or try delicious cuisine from our popular restaurant The Gallery which offers a wide range of fresh food.
You might want to revive your style and rejuvenate your look while on your stay with us, therefore, we have a hairdressing salon ‘Privé’ - open daily within the complex to provide a vitalising hair service. At the end of a busy day of sightseeing, it can be hard to unwind and settle however in our fully equipped gym you can work out in a 1-1 session with our onsite personal trainer or maintain your own workout routine – it's open 24/7 hours a day giving you flexibility on your workout time.
Our guests return again and again to enjoy our luxurious residences – that’s why our award-winning and TripAdvisor® accredited service has received many positive reviews from our past guests. We look forward to welcoming you at Fraser Suites Bahrain – make your secure reservation online here.