RAK Ruler performs Friday prayer at renovated Grand Mosque

WAM Ras Al Khaimah, 19th July 2013 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, today opened the renovated Sheikh Mohammed bin Salem Al Qasimi Mosque and performed the Friday prayer.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, along with a number of Sheikhs, and senior local officials, attended the Friday congregation.

Mohammed Al Kait, Director of the emirate’s Department of Antiquities and Museums, said renovation and maintenance works at the Grand Mosque in the old Ras Al Khaimah city took one year under the supervision of prominent excavation experts in line with international standards.

Built on an area spanning 1600 square metres with a capacity of 1000 worshippers, the Grand Mosque is the oldest and largest place of worship in the emirate and second largest in the UAE.

As one of the emirate’s ancient civilisation landmarks, the Mosque was built by the late Sheikh Saqr bin Rashid Al Qasimi who ruled from 1777 to 1803 CE and underwent several renovation and expansion works, the last of which conducted in 1993.

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