A new landmark mosque in Birmingham has been approved by the city council, granting the city a potential tourist attraction.
The seven-storey mosque, approved on December 3, will include a community center, all-girls school, residential flats, and shop units, Birmingham Mail reported.
Up to 2,500 worshippers could use the mosque during Jumu`ah prayers while a maximum of 500 could use it at other times, with the double-height prayer hall set to be 640 square meters in area.
Upper floors also include a conference hall, exhibition halls, a library and roof garden.
Birmingham, Britain’s second-biggest city behind London, has a high Muslim population.
In the 2011 Census, 21.8% of the Birmingham population identified themselves as Muslim. This is significantly higher than the average for England and Wales of 4.8%.