The Mosque was commissioned in 1996 and completed in 2007 by the Syrian Architect Yousef Abdelky. He was inspired by Persian, Mughal, Greco-Egyptian and Indo-Islamic influences in his design which is spread over 30 acres. As the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the moon was one of the key design elements particularly in the outdoor elements.
The Grand mosque is free to enter for visitors as long as you are properly attired and I would recommend getting in closer to the sunset and it is a spectacle being there during the blue hour. The structure glows with a distinct luminosity as the marble and glass play with each other in the soft lighting.