Going shopping in a new country is always exciting. There’s all kinds of international brands you can’t get at home, and you might find a new favourite (that hopefully ships to your home country).
Whether you’re after luxury goods, or just looking for a place to buy a swimming costume you somehow forgot to pack, we’ve got the low down on Muscat’s best malls.
Read on for our top picks.
Al Araimi Boulevard
If you’ve spent any time in either of the Westfield malls in London, you might get a distinct sense of déjà vu upon entering this mall thanks to the atriums and skylights. As one of the newer malls, having opened in late 2018, you’ll find lots of extra details that are designed to make your shopping experience more enjoyable. Rather than purely focusing on shopping, there’s also lots of entertainment facilities here, including a 10-screen cinema, a trampoline park, a climbing wall, a bowling alley and a Kids World arena. Although if you’re less fussed about entertainment and the huge food court, there are 220 stores for you to pick from.
Sat-Thu 9am-midnight; Fri 9am-2am. Al Araimi Boulevard, Seeb (2427 0514).
City Centre Muscat
First opening its doors in 2001, City Centre Muscat is one of the oldest malls, but don’t let that trick you into thinking it’s rundown or a bit drab. The mall is full of premium brands, so it’s definitely worth heading here for a bit of window shopping. You’ll also find plenty of international brands like H&M, Zara and Gap, and there’s also a Carrefour here for all your grocery shopping.
Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. City Centre Muscat, Seeb (2455 8888).
City Centre Qurum
Located in Qurum, this mall is popular with expats and locals who live in the nearby residential area Shatti al Qurum. There’s only 80 stores, but the main draw of this mall is undoubtedly the huge Carrefour. There’s also a seven-screen VOX Cinema and a Magic Planet if you’re heading here with the little ones.
Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. City Centre Qurum, Qurum (2447 0700).
Mall of Muscat
Another new mall, the Mall of Muscat is one of the largest in the Sultanate with more than 200 stores. Inside you’ll find international and local brands, including premium stores, as well as the Oman Aquarium, which is the largest in the Middle East. It covers 8,000 sq m and has more than 30,000 fish and marine animals inside. There’s a Novo Cinema in the mall, and there are also plans to open a 5,600 sq m snow park in the mall, but no opening date has been announced yet.
Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Mall of Muscat, Seeb (2401 4017).
Muscat Grand Mall
Inside this mall you’ll find a tale of two cities, with one end featuring a huge modern department store, and the other designed to look like a traditional Arabian souq. There are around 150 stores, including a huge Carrefour, and there’s an entertainment arcade with rides and games, plus a three-screen cinema, to keep the kids from getting bored.
Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Muscat Grand Mall, Ghubrah (2200 0000).
Oman Avenues Mall
Next door to the Muscat Grand Mall, this mall is the largest in Oman, with five floors covering 72,000 sq m. The mall is split up into districts, such as women’s fashion or home and furniture, so it’s very easy to find exactly what you want without traipsing all over the mall between stores. It’s also home to the largest cinema complex in Oman, so if you want to watch the latest movies, the Cinepolis in this mall is the place to be. There’s also a bowling alley and two amusement centres aimed at kids of all ages.
Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-11pm. Oman Avenues Mall, Ghubrah (2200 5400).