Muscat

Shopping is a favorite pastime for people in the Arabian Gulf region, whether in sprawling malls scented with burning incense or the winding alleyways of traditional old souqs. Jewelry and metal-craft in both gold and silver, Arabesque antiques, frankincense, "bakhoor" incense with its square burners, oriental perfumes, dates, local sweets, and even tailored clothing are all well worth brining home. Souqs, the traditional marketplaces, close during the day between noon and 4 pm, but are typically open late. Souqs, small boutiques, and even some of the shops in the malls are closed on Fridays until after 4 pm. Prices are not negotiable in malls and hypermarkets, but in the souqs and some smaller botiques, you can often negotiate a lower price, especially if you buy more than one item. Be gentle but firm when negotiating in Oman. Ask for "last price" or "best price" rather than haggling agressively.

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  • 1. Al Hosni Omani Sweets

    Food/Candy

    Tucked away in a suburb, this shop is the best place in Muscat to buy beautiful boxes, tagines, crystal dishes, and carved wooden bowls for...Read More

  • 2. Gold Souq

    Mutrah | Jewelry & Watches

    This shimmering corridor of the ancient Mutrah souq offers shop after shop of fabulous gold jewelry, each piece a different, unique design....Read More

  • 3. Mutrah Souq

    Mutrah | Market

    The main corridor of the Mutrah Souq is filled with hawkers selling inexpensive pashmina scarves, frankincense, incense burners, "I Love Oman...Read More

  • 4. Seeb Central Market

    Other Specialty Store

    Grittier than the historic old Mutrah Souq, this is where local Omani residents from the surrounding suburbs come to shop for spices, fresh...Read More

  • 5. Asmaa Collectionz

    Shatti Qurm | Jewelry & Watches

    Local designer Asma Masoud al Kharusi sells intricately designed incense burners, lacquered jewelry boxes, silver napkin rings, and pewter watches...Read More

  • 6. Jawahir Oman Jewellers

    Qurm | Jewelry & Watches

    Come here for top-quality, handmade coral necklaces, spiked bangles, shahid rings, and floral pendants of Omani design. ...Read More

  • 7. Lulu Hypermarket Al Khuwair

    Al Khuwair | Department Store

    The aisles of this massive supermarket and home goods store are a great place to find unique, local gifts to bring home like za'atar tea bags...Read More

  • 8. Muscat Grand Mall

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    This popular mall is a great place to people-watch and find local boutiques mixed in with the international chains. Shop for abayas, scarves...Read More

  • 9. Mutrah Tailor Souk

    Mutrah | Clothing

    Upon entering the Mutrah Souq from the Corniche side, take the first right up a narrow alleyway, walking past the glitter of the Gold Souq,...Read More

  • 10. Omani Heritage Gallery

    Shatti Qurm | Crafts

    This fabulous nonprofit gallery is dedicated to promoting regional handicrafts of an exceptional quality. Here you'll find everything artisan...Read More

  • 11. Opera Galleria

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    This exclusive shopping mall is built directly next to the stunning Royal Opera House. The shops inside are uniformly expensive, but they do...Read More

  • 12. Ruwi Street

    Neighborhoods

    This street is home to scores of shops selling saris, textiles, electronic goods of all types, and gold. Omani gold jewelry is typical of that...Read More

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