Shopping in Muscat is a rewarding experience for travellers,
with a range of goods available from local souqs
(markets) and shopping centres. It is acceptable to ask for a
discounts or a 'last price' from independent outlets, while
supermarkets and shopping centres or malls display fixed prices.
Most shops are open from 9am to 1pm and from 4pm to 9pm, Saturday
through Thursday; the Sultan Centre is open 24 hours a day.
The Muscat city centre is the primary shopping hub, and nearby Muttrah is also quite popular. Best buys include folk art and craft such as kelims (carpets), wall hangings and pottery, while frankincense and myrrh are also very sought after Omani souvenirs. Silver and gold jewellery and accessories (priced by weight) are also a good buy.
Muscat shopping centres include the Muscat City Centre mall, the Sultan Centre and the Al-Zakher Centre, hosting big-name brands such as Zara and Gap, as well as computer shops, book stores and furniture shops. The best souq to visit is the one in Muttrah, where bargaining is expected.
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