The King of Saudi Arabia, Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, has approved the design for a grand mosque to be constructed on the new campus of the International Islamic University (IIU) and will be named after him.
Prior to this announcement, the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) had been engaged by the IIU to help design the grand mosque.
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According to the NESPAK Managing Director, Dr. Tahir Masood, the proposed design will incorporate a lot of space inside the mosque where around 4,000 males and 2,000 females will be able to offer their prayers at the same time. Furthermore, the open courtyard outside will potentially accommodate as many as 6,000 people. It will also have a library for students, a museum for visitors and tourists, and a conference hall for meetings and seminars.
The project will cost $32 million. It will cover an area of 41,200 sq. meters and will contain an outdoor garden of 8,500 sq. meters and a parking space of 7,000 sq. meters.