Salalah, the capital city of southern Oman’s Dhofar province, has many lures, with shopping being a quite a powerful one. In fact, while visiting this metropolis, one comes across many shopping destinations that seem to have a life of their own. Take a quick look at some of the most popular ones.
Al Hafah Souq
Al Hafah Souq is an old-fashioned souk where you can buy authentic Omani products. Incense sticks are sold by weight and are packaged in small gold and silver pots. These serve as fabulous souvenir gifts back home. Traditional clothes are also hot sellers. Local restaurants offer mouth-watering food.
Salalah Gardens Mall
This is the first fully integrated shopping mall in the city of Salalah and has a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Furthermore, it is directly connected to the spectacular ‘Salalah Gardens Residences’. The mall has been designed in such a way that it overlooks a big landscaped garden with lovely outdoor seating space. Various activities and events are also conducted in the garden throughout the year.
LuLu Hypermarket is one of the largest retail chains in the Middle East. As per the official website, it presents ‘an ultra-modern shopping ambience by integrating all conceivable needs of the consumers under one roof. It has expansive parking spaces, play areas for kids, food court, and bank counters, besides an impressive collection of global and regional brands.
Al Husn Souq
Al Husn Souq is a beautiful area of small shops arranged around an orderly grid of walkways. The place is famous for multi-coloured cotton headdresses, aromatic frankincense, jewellery, and loads of other things. Several rare forms of local frankincense can also be found here. These include sha’abi, shazri, najdi and, maybe the premium of all, hawjari (or hasiki).
Centrepoint is a contemporary local mall with top-notch apparel brand, accessory, and home décor stores. Many global fashion brands have outlets in the mall. There are specialised areas for men, women, and children. During festive occasions, attractive discounts are offered. There’s a multi-cuisine food-court too. The electronic games area keeps the younger ones engaged.