The world’s most populous Muslim nation, Saudi Arabia, is set to inaugurate a mosque on the edge of the desert in the hopes of spreading Islam’s holy texts to the world.
The Saudi government says the mosque, built on the ruins of a 2,500-year-old palace, will be a place for the people to meet and worship.
It is scheduled to open in 2022.
The project will cost $1.3 billion and be the first of its kind in the region.
Saudi Arabia has been a major backer of the Islamic State militant group, which is waging a three-year war against the Sunni Muslim kingdom and its allies in the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula.
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has killed hundreds of Saudi civilians and targeted religious minorities.