Malls – The two most popular malls in Muscat are the Muscat City Centre in Seeb and the newest and biggest mall of the country, Muscat Grand Mall (MGM) in Ghubra. In both places you can find popular fashion shops, electronics stores, jewellers, various dining outlets and Carrefour Hypermarkets. In addition, Muscat Grand Mall has a cinema.
There are also smaller malls located throughout the city, like the Markaz al Bahja in Seeb, the Bareeq al Shatti Complex in Shatti al Qurum, or the
Capital Commercial Center in Qurum, to name just a few.
Supermarkets – There are many modern supermarkets in Muscat offering an ever-growing range of international and local products. Lulu hypermarket for example can be found in Barka, about 15 minutes from the campus. There are also smaller, more traditional shops to be found closer in the Al Mabaila area. Basic items for everyday life can also be acquired at the university’s mini-market on-campus (1st floor/Salalah
Souqs – Souqs are traditional marketplaces that can be found throughout the country. They are great places when it comes to buying handicrafts or souvenirs, some examples nearby are the Muttrah Souq, the Fish Souq near the port in Muttrah, or Seeb Souq. Don’t forget to bargain though.
Dining out – Dining at restaurants is a major form of socialising in Oman. You will find a wide range of restaurants, diners and fast food joints throughout the city. Places vary in style, price and quality. If you wish to eat at a reasonable price or just want to grab a quick shawarma close to campus, Al Mabaila is a good place for that. For a first overview of restaurants you can also have a look at the notice board in the accommodation or at `Time Out Muscat’ magazine, a guide that will provide you with lots of information about the city. It can be acquired from almost