The cracked marble flooring has been replaced in Islamic Centre’s courtyard.
The government began the work of installing new high quality tiles three months ago, after claiming that the first marble flooring, which was installed with great cost, were not up to their standards.
Housing minister Dr Mohamed Muizzu said the ‘pattern area’ of the courtyard has now been replaced.
In order to accommodate 20,000 people at a time, the first marble tiles were installed in a 5000-square-meter area within just 16 days.
Experts say the short duration or low quality material may be what caused the tiles to crack.
At the time, Minister Muizzu blamed the suppliers for not delivering the high quality tiles that the government ordered.
The cracked marble flooring cost USD 1.14 million – a gift by the Chinese government.
Housing ministry earlier said that umbrellas, similar to those at Majid-al-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) will be installed in the area. However, the ministry later said that the umbrellas will be installed this year.
The ministry estimated that the entire mosque-renovation project will cost USD 3 million.