Oman Eid shopping in full swing as people strive to look their best
July 10, 2015 | 9:15 PM
by Khawlah Al Jabri

Muscat: The Holy Month of Ramadan is underway, but citizens and residents have already started shopping for suitable gifts for Eid, which marks the end of the month of fasting.

In Oman, the tendency to indulge in shopping varies from individual to individual. While some of them shop during Ramadan, others do it before.

From clothing, accessories, and jewellery, to shoes and gift items, shoppers were making a beeline for the shops in Ruwi and Qurum, especially after iftar, looking for their favourite items. Some were buying new furniture for their homes, while others were looking for cars.

“Sometimes, there is no place to stand in my shop in the evening, as it is very crowded,” said Nasir Khamis, a shopkeeper in Muscat.

Another shop owner said he was happy and busy, and the mood was quite upbeat.

“This is an extremely busy season for us. Due to the heavy rush at the tailoring shops, most of our customers, who buy material from us, also want us to stitch their clothes,” he said.

Some tailors had even stopped taking orders.

“We usually stop taking orders even before Ramadan begins. Now we are working for nearly 24 hours to complete all our commitments before Eid next week,” said Aslam Mohamed, a tailor in Ghubrah.

Badryah Al Hakamani, a resident of Al Sharqiah, said that she did all her shopping during the last week of Ramadan.

“I prefer do it after the iftar and generally do not visit the market during fasting hours,” she said.

On being asked the reason for postponing her shopping, she said, “I prefer to do it before Eid as the markets are filled with new and exclusive items.”

However, another resident, Salma Almqahusi, said that she did her shopping before Ramadan as stitching the clothes takes time.

“Shopping during the day in Ramadan has a special character in terms of the market, but I prefer doing so in the morning to avoid the crowds at night,” she said.

About the possibility of being affected by hunger and fatigue, Salma said, “I do not feel hungry and the mild fatigue can be dealt with by taking short breaks. Making a list before going shopping also helps me to reduce the time needed.”

Another resident, Saif Almundhiri, said that shopping during Ramadan had a different feel, but he preferred not to visit the markets during the fasting hours.

“Overcrowding at the markets is not caused by shoppers alone. While some come to shop others, are there just to roam around,” he said.

Tahani Al Saidi referred to the misconception some people have about new products flooding the market before Eid.

Echoing Al Saidi’s view, Salem Almashaikhi agreed that Ramadan was an opportunity for Muslims, and they should grasp it without spending time on shopping or other things that can be done some other time.

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