Sunday, January 03, 2010
Welcome to 2010 everyone, hopefully you all had a nice weekend. Now it's back to work, and I don't think we have any more national holidays coming for quite a few months - the grind has begun, again.

Muscat is of course the largest city in the country, and is rapidly expanding. One of the things you usually find in larger cities are 24h shops/services.

So far, here in Muscat, there are a few 24h shops.

1. Petrol stations

There are some Oman Oil and Shell petrol stations that remain open 24/7. The shops attached to these petrol stations tend to be your best bet for finding foodstuffs or basic toiletries in the middle of the night. Most for the 24 hour stations are located next to the main Sultan Qaboos highway.

2. Pharmacies

There are of course always the hospitals that you should go to if it's a real emergency. However, if you need to just get some medicine quickly and you know what it is you need, you can go to one of the few 24h pharmacies in town. A good tip to remember here is that the Oman Observer newspaper carries the names and phone numbers of the 24h pharmacies so if you're out and about and need to visit one, you can get a paper from one of the 24h fuel stations and then get directions to a pharmacy. Here are 5 pharmacies that are open 24hours a day:

Al Hashar, Ruwi
2483 3115
Muscat, Ruwi,
2470 2542
Al Sarooj,
2469 5536
Scientific, Qurum,
2456 6601
2470 2850

Furthermore, this website shows all branches of Muscat Pharmacy that are in the country, and the 24hour locations are marked accordingly. There are 7 branches of Muscat Pharmacy in the Muscat General Area that are open 24/7.

3. Supermarkets.

During Ramadan, The Sultan Center remains open very late, if not 24hours. However, outside of Ramadan, I think no supermarket is open 24h.

The Al Fawaris bakery in Muttrah (2483 5345) is also reportedly open 24h, but I'm not 100% sure of that.

Update: Thanks to Oman's Collective Intelligence for sharing that there is a 24h market called O'Mart in between al Khuwair 33 and Muscat Private Hospital.

4. Fast Food.

On the weekends (Wednesday and Thursday nights) The Macdonalds in Al Khuwair and Sarooj are open 24hours. Apart from the bakery noted above (which might not actually be open 24hours) I am not aware of any other food outlets that are 24 hours.

Update: Thanks to Adil for sharing that the McDonalds in Athaibah is open 24hrs all week. Also that the Bausher Hotel has a 24 Hour coffee shop that serves intercontinental cuisine. And also that the fast food outlets at the airport, Dairy Queen, Papa Johns and Costa Coffee are also open 24h.

5. Taxis.

Taxis run round the clock, of course, but finding a reliable one is pretty hard. There are a few fledgling taxi companies now starting to take form here in Muscat. At the Park Inn hotel in Al Khuwair there is now a taxi firm that will even drop your car home for you for a fee - good for those times when you had more to drink than planned and cant drive home. I forget the name of the company but if anyone knows please comment and let us all know.

And, apart from car rental desks at the airport, that is all I can think of that is 24hours here in Muscat, except of course the hospitals, room service in hotels, and the ROP.

If you know of a 24 hour service here in Muscat, please let us all know by commenting!

le fin.


Oman's Collective Intelligence said...

Morning, there's a brand new 24 hours shop called O'Mart in between al Khuwair 33 and Muscat Private Hospital. It is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, in between dunes, but it is very good, i would say European style. The most surprising thing however is the fact that next to it there a tiny Dunking Donuts!!!

Adil said...

1. While Service is truly wack, the airport has Dairy Queen, Papa Johns & Costa Coffee all open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

2. McDonalds in Athaibah is open 24hrs all week.

3. Baushar Hotel has a 24 Hour coffee shop that services intercontinental cusine. Their biryani is actually very good. (Mutton Biryani + Mutton Curry at Baushar Hotel = RO. 7/=) (Feeding your hunger with real food at 4 AM, priceless) although i don't think they take MasterCard

Sythe said...

Thanks OCI and Adil for your contributions...

I'll update... and keep the contributions coming if you're reading this and know of something thats open 24h in Muscat! :P

Oman said...

Al Fawaris - is open 24hours - its on Hamriyah Roundabout
Could add the Police
Turtles, Public Area Food Outlets in Airport all open 24hours a day
Muscat Bakery in Al Khuwair 24hours - (but not the others)

fahad said...

The SUBWAY at Al Khuwair is open 24h too

Anonymous said...

al maya supermarket in Ghubrah is open 24 hrs. mcdonalds al khuwair, athaibah and mawaleh are open 24 hrs. dunkin donuts ghala is open 24 hrs.

boxster said...

Just read this on the new Hotel Ibis (Khuwair) 24489890 "...the hotel has a bar with snacks available 24/7)

Sythe said...

boxster, it's probably a result of poor English. It's probably meant to be read: the hotel has a bar, with snack available 24/7 - I'm guessing.

Oman, Fahad and the anon poster- thanks for the updates - I didnt know Al Maya was 24hrs!

Anonymous said...

Well its not about how much you plan to drink .. its just that you cant drink and drive in oman

scarlet pimpernel

Anonymous said...

might be a little too late to be commenting, but then again, it's never too late! There's another branch of the O'mart mentioned in one of the comments above that is 24 hours. It is in Seeb, on the Seeb Corniche street, just a little before the 6-8 famous Mushkak (Barbecue meat) shops lined up across the beach.

Naveed Bashir said...

great post dear i like it very much it is nformative 24hrs pharmacy

leandra said...

will the duty free stores and other fast food stores in the muscat airport be open

Anonymous said...

There's an al mayas supermarket open 24/7 next to star cinema in mbd

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