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    Amouge- The world's most 'valueable' perfume

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 15, 2004

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    amouge bottles

    The world's most valueable perfume

    You'll find it in Harrods and major up-clientel department stores. It comes from here!

    Bottles are made of fine crystal and coated with silver or gold. Some male ones are shaped like Omani Daggers (Khanjar)

    What to buy: Ubar is reasonabley priced at RO 7/=

    My favourite is crystal gold.

    What to pay: RO 7- RO300!

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    Arabic Dates

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 14, 2004

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    Omani date sorters

    different types of dates have different seasons, when muslims break their fast in Ramadhan it is usually with a piece of date and some yoghurt drink or bitter arabic coffee (shot like sizes)

    Omani dates are used to make various types of dishes, bread, sweets, etc

    I normally like the dates that are mashed, and not the fresh ones as the picture..but thats up to your preference

    What to buy: If you can find the mashed dates with sesame seeds, their yummy! you take a bit with your fingers (not a full handful) and mash it a bit more before you chuck it in

    What to pay: dates are expensive (in demand), better types cost more
    depending on the season and quantity.

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    Woven Baskets/Mattresses/Bags/etc: Date Tree Baskets

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 14, 2004

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    weavers doing their thang

    Palm/Date trees products are popular in Muscat- You'll find extremely cute household and decoration items for reasonably cheap prices in Mutrah Souq

    What to buy: -Matt
    -Gift Bag
    - Water bottle holder
    - tissue cover
    - fan
    -sandals

    What to pay: Less than $10

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    FRANKINCENSE

    by peaceness98 Updated Aug 11, 2004

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    Frankincense tree in Dhofar region

    Frankincense was at some point even more valueable than gold, and Oman was one of the biggest and finest producers (still is)

    The best frankincense is available from the Southern regions of Dhofar, but nowadays most shops offer bags of them (if you can go to Dhofar better buy from there..the better quality is always whiter)

    What to buy: 1- Frankincense bag
    2- a Majmar (incense burner)
    3- some 'bukhoor' (perfumed poweder) if you want a bit of perfume smell

    You can arrange your own charcoal back home.

    A nice gift to take back home is a bag of frankincense (less than $20) and a nice silver incense burner ($100 top)

    What to pay: RO3-RO15 depending on quantity and quality

    some better blends are more expensive

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    Mandoos: Local dowry chests (Mandoos)

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 11, 2004

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    Mandoos

    Antique collectors will go nuts over this.

    Mandoos chests are the old fashioned and unique safe boxes, mainly used by women to keep their dowries in hiding all their treasured items and jewels in them all their lives (my grandmother still uses her mothers!)

    A classic mandoos is beautifully carved, and studded with copper, silver or gold, with brass handles.

    Little drawers are tucked inside, and a hinge on the outside allows you to put a lock through it and keep your valueables safe.

    a genuine old Omani Mandoos can cost up to RO 5,000 (US$13K)

    Local craftsmen can make you a cheaper version (and good quality) for around US$ 100

    Even cheaper/smaller ones, can be found in local hypermarkets and souqs if you're lucky for RO 4 a piece ($11)- These aren't made of the finest wood, but still look as nice.

    What to buy: A mandoos normally has beautiful arabic carvings around it, and sometimes flowers/stars shapes to ward off evil

    What to pay: Depending on the quality/size between US$11-US$13,000

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    Sterling Silver: Silver

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 11, 2004

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    silver jewellery from grandma

    In Mutrah and Nizwa Souq's you'll find the best quality sterling silver local crafts

    Decorations are engraved in these local crafts have been the center of many studies, believed to resemble evil warding spells, and astrology.

    Remember that bargaining is expected, and many times admired (but don't push it too far, these people are making a living too)

    Try the arab trick, bargain...walk away...barain everywhere..then go to the cheapest shop and try one last haggling attempt before you buy

    Most items will be at least double the price if sold in the US or Europe.

    What to buy: Silver jewelry boxes
    local pins
    local necklaces
    local jewels meant to keep one safe from evil
    Bedioun silver ornaments
    old cions in silver/gold/bronze
    silver used to decorate hair

    What to pay: US$60 for a good quality silver pin

    the bigger the ornamenet and better quality the more expensive

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    The Local Markets in Muscat: Souks

    by jgacis Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    Souks in Muscat

    Each of the shops provides various unique items that can keep a customer busy looking (or buying).

    What to buy: The souks offer numerous local crafts, as well as European merchandise (clothes & perfume) and general purpose products. Items for sale include Arabic rugs, books/magazines/newspapers, middle eastern souvenirs, oriental crafts, incense burners, toys, and food.

    What to pay: You can barter and negotiate prices. Just remember that for the most part, most stores will share a bottom limit on how low a certain item will cost. Be sure to look at several shops first before buying anything that may be expensive for you. Most shops are lined up close to each other and many sell similar (if not, the same) items.

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    Bhaja Shopping Mall: Bhaja

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Jul 3, 2003

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    bhaja mall

    big newish shopping mall with 3 floors of shops, children's play area, food court, movie theatre complex, ten pin bowling, supermarket, clothing shops, internet cafe, pharmacy, debenhams etc.

    What to buy: at the supermarket (located on the ground floor beside the movie theatre), you can buy yummy indian sweets and savoury snacks, and really samosas - only 3 for 100 baiza!!

    What to pay: suits all budgets

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    Mutrah Gold Souq in Muscat: Mutrah Gold Souq

    by georeiser Updated Jun 16, 2010
    Mutrah Gold Souq in Muscat
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    Mutrah Gold Souq is located in Al Bahri road, just 50 metres away the main Mutrah Souq. Oman is known for cheap prices on gold and silver products.

    What to buy: Gold and silver.

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    incense burner

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 11, 2004

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    incense burners in diff shapes

    See my shopping tip on Frankincense

    What to buy: clay incense burner
    Silver incense burner

    What to pay: US$ 10 - US$ 50 depending on quality/size

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  • 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 ...

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