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Shopping In Oman

Shopping in Oman can be as iverse as you want to be. From traditional souks (open air markets) with their old world charm, to modern shopping malls in big cities – the country has it all.

Authentic Omani keepsakes include silver and gold jewellery, coffeepots, hand-woven textiles, khanjars (Omani daggers), saddles, frankincense (the sap of a tree found in Dhofar in southern Oman), goat-hair carpets, baskets and camel straps. Antique khanjars (more than 50 years old) may not be sent out. It is better to check with the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture for the important documentation before obtaining them.

Muscat’s Mutrah Souk is a must-visit for shopaholics and tourists alike. Considered to be one of the oldest markets in the Arab world, the Mutrah Souk is a delight for the senses. With a wide array of things on display and the traditional feel of the marketplace, it is easy for visitors to give in to the allure of the market and lose themselves in its splendour.

Muscat also has many vast shopping centres including the Markaz Al-Bahjah and Lulu complexes and Muscat City Centre, which has about 150 shops. You’ll find everything here – from famous international women’s brands like Mexx, Monsoon and Mango, to electronic, jewellery, sports and cosmetic shops. You can discover other interesting and sophisticated shops around Shatti Al-Qurum locality.

Salalah’s Al Wadi area is also popular mainly for its shopping; the popular Lulu hypermarket is located in the vicinity. The area has several new apartment buildings which form the tallest buildings in the vicinity. The area also has numerous restaurants of which the Lebanese restaurants are the most famous. 

Shopping in Oman can be as iverse as you want to be. From traditional souks (open air markets) with their old world charm, to modern shopping malls in big cities – the country has it all.

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