By Andy Sambidge
Sultan Qaboos Bin Said issues royal order to build new mosques across the country
Oman's ruler has issued orders to build a number of new mosques around the sultanate.
Sultan Qaboos Bin Said's royal orders include the building of three mosques in the Wilayat of Bausher in the Governorate of Muscat and 17 mosques in the Governorate of South A'Sharqiyah.
According to Oman News Agency, a further two mosques will be built in the Wilayat of Masirah and one mosque in each of Al Tahayem, Juwyrah, Jahid, Qashir, Al Muraibi, Al Seih A'Sharqi and Falaj Al Mashaikh triangle.
The royal orders also included the construction of a new mosque in each of the Wilayat of Haima, Abu Mudhabi and Al Kihel and the rebuilding of mosques in Soqarah, Al Lakbi and Nfoon.
Another mosque will be built in A'Duqm in the Governorate of Al Wusta, the report said.
It added that the Sultan has also ordered the rebuilding and maintenance of 60 mosques in the mountains of Samhan, Al Qira and Al Qamar in the Governorate of Dhofar.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammad al-Salmi, Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, said the orders were part of the ruler's belief that the mosque was "one of the channels of Islamic discourse and religious awareness".