Muscat Shopping

  • Shopping
    by goutammitra
  • Shopping
    by goutammitra
  • Shopping
    by goutammitra

Most Recent Shopping in Muscat

  • iwys's Profile Photo

    Muscat City Centre: City Centre Mall

    by iwys Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Muscat City Centre
    4 more images

    City Centre Mall is the biggest and best shopping centre in Oman. It opened in 2001 and its correct name is Muscat City Centre, which can confuse people as it is several kilometres outside Muscat's city centre. It belongs to the Majid Al Futtaim chain of malls, which include the Mall of the Emirates and Bahrain City Centre.

    Altogether the mall houses 144 retail outlets and 20 restaurants. They include a huge Carrefour hypermarket, where you can buy just about everything from camping equipment to fresh lobsters. There is also a large Borders bookstore, stocking a good selection of English books, and a Centrepoint. One section has designer clothes stores, like Giordano, Misako and Bally. The food court includes a variety of fast food outlets, such as McDonald's, KFC, Hardees, Subway, Cinnabon and Baskin Robbins.

    There is a Magic Planet entertainment area for children. The malls multi-storey car park has spaces for over 1,500 cars.

    Opening hours:

    City Centre:
    Saturday - Thursday:
    10am - 10pm
    Friday:
    2pm - 10pm

    Carrefour:
    9am - midnight

    Related to:
    • Business Travel
    • Women's Travel
    • Work Abroad

    Was this review helpful?

  • peaceness98's Profile Photo

    City Center Mall: City Center Mall

    by peaceness98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Around the Al Khod area

    One of the busiest shopping malls in Muscat, good for a day of unwinding and shopping and just checking people walking around

    What to buy: You'll find:
    Chilli's restaurant
    Starbucks Cafe
    Costa Cafe
    Food court with Fasfood (hardeez, McD's,Pizza, etc)
    MAC Makeup
    Makiyaji Makeup
    Mango for ladies (clothes)
    Vidrio (Clothes, ladies)
    Monsoon & accessories (ladies)
    Accessories, mr (Ladies)
    Springfield (men clothes)
    Carrefour (supermarket)

    etc

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo

    Muscat Duty Free Shop.: Buy your choisest of Drinks & Jewellery here!

    by goutammitra Updated Oct 31, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    Muscat Duty free is one of the best stocked shop in the world. It has vey wide range of watches, perfumes, Liquers, Jewellery, food items, Chocolates, Cigars & Cigarettes etc. But their electronic product range is very poor. The prices are one of the best among the good airports and surely much cheaper than Cairo International airport.

    What to pay: In any hard currency like USD, Yen, GBP, Omani Rials etc.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • georeiser's Profile Photo

    Antique items: Info about antique items

    by georeiser Written Jun 16, 2010
    Antique items in Oman

    Antique items which are over 50 years old can not be exported from Oman. Ask the local shops or salesmen if you are not sure.

    Note that all baggage are X-ray screened at the airport before you are checking in on the flights. It is wise not to export illegal items out of Oman, even though the screeings are for flight security reasons.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Archeology
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • georeiser's Profile Photo

    Readymade Garments in Mutrah Souq: Shopping traditional clothes

    by georeiser Written Jun 16, 2010
    Readymade Garments in Mutrah Souq
    3 more images

    Readymade Garments is one of many shops in Mutrah Souq where you can buy traditional clothes. I was invitated into the shop by a pushy salesman. But he was was OK and gave me many hints and told me about the different styles. The price for a Dishdasha and cumma started at 10 rials. I got it for 7 rials.

    What to buy: I bought a Dishdasha, a kind of a suit for the "new generation" in Oman. And a cumma, which is a hat.

    What to pay: 5 rials for the Dishdasha and 2 rials for the cumma. (1 rial is 2,7 USD)

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • georeiser's Profile Photo

    City Center Mall, Bhaja Shopping Mall: Other shopping areas

    by georeiser Written Jun 16, 2010

    There are other shopping areas and arcades in Muscat, like the City Center Mall and Bhaja Shopping Mall. The City Center Mall houses various garments stores, accessories and has a supermarket. The Bhaja Shopping Mall has three floors of department chain stores, some dining options and a cinema.

    What to pay: The shopping malls in Oman are expensive. Forget about these places and go to Mutrah Souq instead.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • georeiser's Profile Photo

    Mutrah Souq: Shopping Mutrah Souq

    by georeiser Written Jun 16, 2010
    Shopping street in Mutrah Souq
    4 more images

    Mutrah Souq is the largest shopping area in Muscat, and one of the largest traditional markets in the Arab Gulf States.

    What to buy: A wide variety of items ranging like spices, traditional items, local crafts, Omani daggers, saddles, frankincense, baskets, wool carpets, Kelims, wall hangings, a variety of clothes, perfumes and of course there are shops which sell Western-style products.

    What to pay: Most of the products suit the budget of foreign visitors. And bargain is accepted

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • chizz's Profile Photo

    Traditional handicrafts

    by chizz Written Apr 3, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Omani wedding chests
    1 more image

    Muttrah Souq houses many stalls where you can buy traditional handicrafts such as khanjars (daggers) and omani wedding chests.

    What to buy: Wedding chests, khanjars, incense and burners, perfumes, etc.

    What to pay: Haggle to get a good deal. Prices in Oman are not cheap.

    Was this review helpful?

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo

    Books Store at Al Bustan Hotel

    by victorwkf Written Feb 11, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The bookstore is at the lobby of Al Bustan Hotel

    If you were to stay at the Al Bustan Hotel or visit this wonderful place, there is a bookstore at the lobby area which you can obtain some postcards, maps and books about Oman.

    What to buy: One of the good and reasonably price books to buy about Oman is a book called "This is Oman" by Anne Bouji. This book has some good and easy to understand information plus nice photographs, and it costs 6.5 Omani Rials.

    Was this review helpful?

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo

    Carrefour Shopping Centre at Seeb area

    by victorwkf Written Feb 11, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Carrefour Shopping Centre at Seeb area, Muscat

    There is a huge shopping centre in the Seeb area (near the airport) which includes many shops of branded stuff as well as a big Carrefour supermarket. This is one of the biggest shopping area in Muscat but it is rather far from the city centre. Should cost you about 4 Omani Rials one way if you were to take a cab/taxi there.

    Was this review helpful?

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo

    The famous Mutrah Souq

    by victorwkf Written Feb 11, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    At the jewelry section of the Mutrah souq, Muscat

    The famous souq at Mutrah has lots of stuff for you to buy and it is really great shopping here (remember to bargain). There are jewelries, souvenirs, frankincense, clothings, groceries etc.

    What to buy: For more information on what to buy in Muscat and Oman, I have consolidated the information in the "shopping tip" section of my VT Oman page, so do lookout for the updates soon.

    Was this review helpful?

  • jmschief's Profile Photo

    Explore: Souvenir Shopping

    by jmschief Written Jan 30, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Souvenir Hunting

    Up until now, I've been away and only actually bought presents for friends and family so I made a conscious effort from this trip onwards to buy souvenirs from myself so I've got momento's other than photos and memories.

    I found this main Souk on the other side of Muscat towards the Sultans palace where I could buy all sorts of different souvenirs

    What to buy: I bought a Sheesha pipe (Seen professionally smoked in my local customs page) and a few beautifully decorated silver boxes, a few incence burners and a few prints for not a lot of cash at all!

    What to pay: Very little - not as much bartering here as in the Souks in Dubai but they threw in things like extra oils for the burners and tobacco for the pipe!

    Was this review helpful?

  • Rinjani's Profile Photo

    Jawharat A’Shatti: Jawharat A’Shatti

    by Rinjani Updated Nov 22, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Jawharat A���Shatti, Muscat

    The shopping mal is located in Shatti Al Qurum. It is near to the beach. The shopping mal has several restaurants such as Starbuck, D’Arcys, etc and also they have shops for Omani silver. Pharmacy and bookshop are also found here.

    What to buy: Silver, books, medicine, coffee, etc

    What to pay: They receive cash and credit card

    Was this review helpful?

  • MikeAtSea's Profile Photo

    Muttrah Souq

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 4, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Muttrah Souq

    No visit to Muscat would be complete without exploring the colorful souq or bazaar. Here, scents of the exotic frankincense and spices permeate the air, adding an exotic flavor to the commercial activity. An endless array of shops specializes in antiquities, traditional silver jewelry, handicrafts made from copper, camel bone and wood. The famous Omani Khanjars or daggers are also on display. Its narrow and twisted alleys and an irregular square are clustered with tiny shops. Busy both mornings and evenings there is a 3 hour siesta break between 1 and 4 p.m. The local currency the Omani Rial are tender here, however Dollars are widely accepted by vendors.

    Was this review helpful?

  • peaceness98's Profile Photo

    Walking sticks

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 15, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    shopkeeper

    Walking sticks are popular with Omani men. You can find either bamboo sticks, or fine wood with silver handles
    plain and carved

    What to buy: A nice stick with brass handle and engrave something like your name on it

    What to pay: RO 3- RO 10

    better quality can get up to RO 100

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Muscat

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

96 travelers online now

Comments (1)

  • Oct 29, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Hi there - we are heading to Oman wild camping for 10 days and want to do a big shop in Carrefour, Muscat - one question - do we need / and or how do we get a licence to buy alcohol .... It is Christmas for us so need a few bottles ...

Muscat Shopping

Reviews and photos of Muscat shopping posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Muscat sightseeing.

View all Muscat hotels