University of Tabuk mosque, an architectural marvel

June 20, 2020

Saudi Gazette report

The architecture of the University of Tabuk mosque is a blend between the arts of Islamic civilization and the aesthetics of modern architecture.

At the same time, its unique design is in conformity with the rules of structural engineering — in the form of a large dome without any columns, making it an architectural marvel, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said Saturday.

The university chose to hold Friday prayers in the mosque yesterday (Friday, June 19), opening its doors to worshipers, amid the precautionary and preventive health measures, in line with the existing recommendations from the relevant authorities to ensure worshipers’ safety.

The University of Tabuk mosque is one of the famous landmarks in the region, and at the level of the Kingdom's universities. It was built as a landmark celebrating the Islamic and urban civilization of the city of Tabuk, which is also a prominent center for Islamic religious sciences.

When visiting the University of Tabuk, the mosque catches the spectators’ attention with its modern design, distinctive dome and paved courtyards, adjacent to the university tower, supporting deanships and the College of Medicine and Applied Medical Sciences.

The mosque is characterized by a set of architectural qualities that make it one of the finest architectural masterpieces at the level of mosques. It has a total area of the mosque is 8,000 sq. meters, and its capacity is 3,500 worshipers.

It has two minarets each 50 meters tall. Its roof is in the shape of a dome with an area of 5,887 sq. meters embellished with mosaics.

The facades of the mosque are double glazed with a high degree of light transmittance. The walls and floors are covered with granite and marble, with aluminum claddings for the two minarets and decorative walls.

The total area of the mosque's outdoor squares and parking spaces is 30,300 sq. meters, and the parking lots have a capacity of 380 vehicles.

The mosque is characterized by a natural lighting system through its dome and glass walls, a central air-conditioning system, a BMS management and control system, an alarm system in the event of a fire, God forbid, and a sophisticated acoustics system.

The entrances are covered with granite squares, and the floor of the mosque courtyard has marble tiles and glass walls. The mosque’s roof consists of aluminum suspended above the mosque nave, aluminum claddings, glass for the circular beam, the wall décor and minaret.

June 20, 2020
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