Rashid Al Zayani Mosque, Bahrain

Project: Composite domes
Location: Rashid Al Zayani Mosque, Qalali, Bahrain    
Client: Al Zayani Investment
Architect: Gulf House Engineering
Engineering Consultant: Gulf House Engineering
Main Contractor: Skyline Contracting
Handover: 2014

Bahrain’s imposing new Rashid Al Zayani mosque takes a traditional form and applies it on a grand scale. Sitting on a 2810m2 site, the mosque has capacity for up to 1230 worshippers. Topped by a magnificent 16 metre diameter composite dome, beautifully finished in bronze, it also features a main prayer hall, prayer place for women, a courtyard, a Majlis for special occasions and six classrooms. The mosque is envisaged as a community hub with shops and apartments included in the masterplan.

BFG was selected to design, manufacture, and install a series of structural domes for the project – from the landmark 16 metre dome to a secondary eight metre dome and a suite of five eight metre diameter half domes arranged in sequence around the base of the main structure. Fabricated using a hand lamination process, the domes are gelcoated FRP with a double sided finish, the outer side painted with a lustrous, UV-resistant coating.

Able to withstand a wind load of up to 120km/h, the finished domes are extremely fire retardant and comply with ASTM84, Class A.