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Shopping in Muscat

By Lek Boonlert Subscribe to RSS | November 28th 2011 | Views:
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Famous for its marketplace, Muscat has a number of shopping destinations worthy of envy. The marketplace itself is called Mutrah Souk which is a maza-like market including a healthy fish market which is often described as one of the best fish markets in the Gulf. The Mutrah Souq is the best place to shop around for traditional Omani handicrafts and traditional Omani food at reasonable prices.

For a more Western shopping experience tourists should visit the Sabco Centre, a collection of six medium-size shopping malls that’s very popular with tourists. The main centre, Sabco, has a small market-like collection of shops that contain many of the same handicrafts as the Mutrah Souk. Opposite the Sabco centre, but still in the same area, is the Omani Craftsman’s House where only authentic Omani-made crafts are sold. However, the reassurance of authenticity comes at a price.

Two other large malls in Muscat are the Muscat City Centre - the city’s biggest mall - and the Qurum City Centre. Both of these have large Carrefour department stores which sell the standard Western creature-comforts. Lula Hypermarket is also worth stopping by for a slightly more traditional shopping experience.

Tailors abound in Muscat and offer fantastic value for tourists willing to take home a couple of neat suits. The price is relatively low yet tailors in Muscat work off the latest in Italian styling. Materials on offer range from standard wool to the perfectionist Super 230 material, Cashmere and Mohair. Hotels in Muscat will be able to provide referrals to the better tailors.

Lek Boonlert - About Author:
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Hotels in Muscat content.

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