Though malls have carved out a niche amongst shoppers, the craze for standard markets like Muttrah Souq fails to die down.
The oldest and trusted buying location, Muttrah Souq is a favourite not just for the selection of products but also for the value variety it gives. From toys, disdashas, abayas, household products, mementoes, ladies handbag, perfumes and crockery, the souq is a go to location for everybody.
Eid is also the season and time when most folks get new dishdashas and designer abayas stitched. Rehman Ali, a Pakistani shopowner, who sells bukhoor, mentioned Eid buying has currently begun.
“Business is thriving at the souq since last few days. It is indeed the time when we have the maximum customers. Prices are fixed at most shops here and we normally do not exploit the situation by hiking the rates. We get our frankincense from Salalah and there are days when we sell over 100kg.”
This is also a busy time for barber shops and beauty salons. Jamal Mohammad, an Indian barber who has shops in Hamriya and Ghubra mentioned, “A lot of men come for grooming during this time. Our shops remain crowded during and after Eid.”
Asma Balushi, a henna artist in Muttrah mentioned, “The rates vary as per design. Henna application is an important part of Eid.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily