Time for another Omani Product Spotlight! This one is made locally right here in Muscat: Bahar washing detergent. Bahar is a brand owned by the National Detergent Company, which, surprise surprise, is an Omzest (Omar Zawawi) company. It really is true that 90% of the businesses in Oman are controlled by 5 or 6 powerful families.
I spent my first 4 years in Oman living in North Ghubra right next to the Bahar factory at the end of 18th November Street, just before Wizarat. Many times I would come home from work in the evening, or be out walking with Mrs Sythe, and we'd smell the freshly-washed smell of Bahar as we walked around the neighbourhood. It is a nice smell and a perk of living there (the draw back being the very loud desalination and power plant next to it!).
Bahar currently costs RO 1.240 in Carrefour and does a great job getting our laundry clean.