As part of its efforts to facilitate services to the community, the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs (MARA) has launched an electronic system for mosques that will ease the procedures for building new ones, besides the upkeep of existing ones.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, an official at MARA said, “The electronic system for mosques provides a comprehensive package of digital services related to mosques in all parts of the sultanate, which focuses on simplifying procedures. The system provides 21 services such as permit to build or rebuild mosques, upgrade and expand facilities, dig water wells, water and electricity connection, services for their maintenance and furnishing, managing mosques and their needs.”
The ministry will start receiving requests online for mosque services starting January 1, 2021.
“The electronic system will provide an interactive map, which will enable the user to identify the mosque nearest his/her location, in addition to providing him/her with various statistics related to mosques and prayer rooms. The ministry has worked on counting and documenting the data of all mosques, as part of the objectives of the national project to inventorying mosques and endowment funds.”
According to the figures of the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), there were 15,584 mosques in all at the end of 2019.
There were 3,137 mosques in Dakhliyah governorate, followed by 2,092 in North Sharqiyah, 1,955 in South Batinah, 1,903 in North Batinah, 1,883 in Dhahirah, 1,468 in Muscat, 1,435 in South Sharqiyah, 716 in Dhofar, 475 in Buraimi, 279 in Al Wusta and 241 in Musandam.