7 Of The Best Places To Go Shopping In Muscat, Oman

Perfumes, pottery, and handmade textiles. 

It’s no doubt that shoppers in Muscat can find quite a long list of treasures. There’s the rise of local fashion designers making magnificent garments for women looking to collect glamorous kaftans. Don’t forget the historical yet opulent perfumes that whiffs to Oman’s past as the hub of incense trades. There are also numerous souqs and local galleries that promote Omani craftsmanship. Here are some of the best places to go shopping in Muscat. It’s a promise that you’ll return home with a suitcase full of authentic souvenirs.

 

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Mutrah Souq

سوق مطرح مطرح، مسقط،، Mutrah Market, near Mutrah Corniche, Muscat, Oman

Mutrah Souq is an exciting place to be, especially for travelers seeking to bring home local souvenirs. It’s emblematic of a traditional Arab market, with a plethora of vendors selling Omani textiles, spices, accessories, snacks, antiques…and more. Bartering is expected here, and don’t forget to sip on Arabian coffee at one of the café stands at the entrance of the market.

Mutrah Souq, Muscat, Oman
Mutrah Souq. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Opera Galleria الأوبرا جالاريا

JF78+FH9, Al Kharjiyah St, Muscat, Oman

Just when you think Royal Opera House Muscat is solely a venue for concerts, think again. It also encompasses the Opera Galleria which aligns itself with the stunning architectural style of the opera house. The retail space welcomes shoppers with 50 high-end boutiques that sell anything from Omani handicrafts, glamorous jewelry to bespoke souvenir items. There’s also a coffee shop and restaurants for those who need to rest their feet from retail therapy.

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Amouage

Al،, Seeb St, Muscat, Oman

Fun fact! Throughout history, Oman was an important trading center for incense, making it a hub of aromatic ingredients required for crafting perfumes. A fragrant and buzzworthy brand to purchase your Omani perfume from would be at Amouage. The sophisticated perfumery began in 1983, always maintained the spirit of female empowerment. The Epic Woman, for example, is “a spicy oriental fragrance inspired by the eternal legends of the ancient Silk Road from China to Arabia. In the mystical twilight with the desert wind blowing against her veil she follows the guiding light in search of the long lost aria. Beyond truth and immortality a Legend is born.” From musk, pink pepper to jasmine tea; a stop at Amouage is surely a luxurious and scented experience.

Amouage
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Amal Al Raisi

3819 A، Behind Al Athaiba Mall، Way No. 4454, Muscat 113, Oman

In recent years, Omani fashion designers have been on the rise. Amal Al Raisi is the perfect example. She started by designing traditional Omani dresses, and now, her label maintains a sense of heritage but with further confidence and strength through meticulous details. Her pieces symbolize the fusion of traditional and contemporary, while highlighting Omani craftsmanship. Check out her boutique for feminine ready-to-wear pieces.

Nawal Al Hooti

J6X8+4P Nawal Al Hooti, Seeb 113, Oman

Nawal Al Hooti is another Omani designer creating ethnic and intricate garments. With every design, her style has always combined glamour and traditions. Each piece narrates the theme that a woman’s beauty and poise does not rely on showing more skin. Her dresses epitomizes elegance and grace, with abundant feminimity. Nawal Al Hooti’s fashion house, located in Seeb, is worth a few hours if you’d like to bring home traditional wear to keep or as part of your collection.

Omani Heritage Gallery صالة التراث العماني

JHC8+545, Muscat, Oman

Right on The Corniche, there’a lovely house which is home to Omani Heritage Gallery. Upon entry, you’ll soon see that every item inside is 100% made in Oman. Items include: clothing, textiles, jewelries, wood carvings, pottery…and much more. Every piece purchased funds the craftsman who made the product. This is undeniably one of the best places to store up on souvenirs, either to keep for yourself or for friends and family.

Gold Souq

If you’ve traveled enough throughout the Middle East, at this point, you’ll realize that most capital cities boast a Gold Souq. There’s certainly a busy one in Muscat as well. Not too far away from The Corniche is the Gold Souq where shoppers can browse through numerous stands selling gold, white gold and silver jewelries.

Gold Souq Muscat Oman
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Wendy Hung

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As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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