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Money & costs


The big banks are centred in Ruwi’s Central Business District (CBD), but there are numerous branches with ATM facilities throughout Muscat. Most are able to give cash advances on international credit cards and will exchange travellers cheques (though they charge a large commission).

The most convenient moneychangers are in Qurm, along Souq Ruwi St in Ruwi and on the Mutrah Corniche at the entrance to the Mutrah Souq. Most are open 8am to 1pm, and some from 5pm to 7pm; all are open Saturday to Thursday.

Amex (Dawhat al-Adab St, Madinat as-Sultan Qaboos; 8am-1pm & 4-6.30pm Sat-Thu) Inside Zahara Tours, behind the large City Plaza department store.

HSBC (Markaz Mutrah al-Tijari St; 8am-1pm Sat-Wed, 8am-1pm Thu)