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The Best Places to Go Shopping in Muscat, Oman

Picture of Gehad Medhat
Updated: 19 December 2017
A holiday is never complete without going shopping in different malls and shopping centers. That’s why we’ve gathered the best places for shopping in Muscat, where visitors can buy local and international products as well as traditional Omani souvenirs.

Malls

City Center, Seeb

Covering an area of 60,500 sqm of retail space, the City Center in Al Seeb is one of the largest and oldest malls of Muscat. It has over 160 international brands, 24 international dining outlets, an entertainment area called “Magic Planet”, and 10-screen VOX Cinemas.

Seeb City Center
Seeb City Center | © Jhong Dizon/Flickr

Muscat Grand Mall

Muscat Grand Mall is another famous mall in the city, which is located in Dohat Al Adab St. The two-storey mall has a modern side with different modern stores, while the other side is a traditional Arabic souk. The mall has more than 150 retail stores, a supermarket and other service shops. It also offers different cafes and restaurants in its food court, three cinemas and a children’s entertainment area with electronic games and rides. The second floor of Muscat Grand Mall offers marvelous views over the sea.

Oman Avenues Mall

Spread over 72,000 sqm, Oman Avenues Mall is one of the largest and most popular malls in Oman. It has 150 different shops of famous international and regional brands, including LC Waikiki, Next, H&M, MAC and others. Located in the heart of Muscat on the Sultan Qaboos St., the mall also has a large food court, cinema, gym, bowling alley and a children’s entertainment area called Funtazmo. Visitors can enjoy shopping for all sorts of products; electronics, clothes, jewelry, etc., or relax in the different cafes and coffee shops.

Sabco Center

Sabco Center is the first mall to be established in Oman, and is one of the shopping centers included in the Qurum Shopping Complex. The center has several shops of international brands as well as traditional stores that sells handcrafts like: silver crafts, kaftans, hand-woven carpets, hand-made brocades and copperware.

Individual Shops

Amouage

Amouage is an international brand that sells the most expensive perfumes in the whole world. Its perfumes are made of frankincense, musk and other exotic ingredients. It is the perfect destination for the ultimate Arabian gift. Amouage stores can be found in different malls in Muscat including: City Center in Al Seeb, and Muscat Grand Mall.

Family Bookshop

Family Bookshop is one of the few independent bookstores in Muscat. It is a premiere bookshop that offers books for all different ages, interests, languages and countries. It also has a separate section for books and guides about Oman in the English language.

Traditional Shopping areas

Muttrah Souq

Muttrah Souq is the most famous traditional souk in Oman. Having the look of a traditional Arabic market, the souk is full of small shops and stalls that sell Omani jewelry, wooden handicrafts, gold, frankincense, pottery, Arabian perfumes, silver crafts and more. The souk looks like a maze, and locals call it the “Market of Darkness” as sunlight is blocked inside the souk for the tiny alleys and streets that lead to it. Muttrah Souq is the perfect destination for all visitors who want to buy some authentic Omani souvenirs and traditional gifts.

Jawahir Oman Jewellers

Jawahir Oman, which means Omani Jewels, is an elegant jewelry brand that has built its reputation since 1977, based on the great detail and unique ornamentation on its pieces. It features an extraordinary level of craftsmanship that bases its inspiration on the Omani culture. Their carefully handcrafted silver jewelry is one of the most mind-blowing gifts that can be bought from Oman. The store is located on Al Wilaj St. in Muscat, and is one of the best places to go shopping for Omani traditional jewelry.

Omani Heritage Gallery

Omani Heritage Gallery is a non-profit organization that encourages local artists to create traditional handicrafts to keep the Omani culture alive. These artists produce different traditional crafts like: frankincense burners, silver, baskets made from leather and palm, indigo-dyed products, weavings and pottery. The gallery is located in Jawharat Al Shatti Shopping Center, and is the perfect place for guaranteed Omani authentic products.

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