DAISO – The AWESOME 600 Baiza Store in Ruwi, Oman!

Daiso Entrance  My gorgeous wife, Che, with  Henry and Ansu who came all the way from Ibri to visit Muscat.  (Seeing my reflection in the door reminds me of that scene from Liam Neeson’s movie “Taken“, ha!ha! :-) But I digress…)Che and Henry browsing  Apparently, these “Japanese 100-yen shops” (Japan’s #1 Value Store) are blossoming in the Middle East.   The 1st ME Daiso store opened in Dubai, UAE in 2004 and I only recently came to know about this shop here in Oman which opened on Dec 8, 2005.  There are at least 15 of these shops across the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.  They are similiar to the “$1 store” or “Looney Stores” of Canada. shampoo hat  Shampoo hat, anyone?! ha!ha! Okay…some of the items for sale here are just RIDICULOUS! (but that’s what makes it all the more interesting! A Japanese store in Oman?!)  I like how some guy described these stores saying “You can stand in the aisle for 15 minutes wondering if the product you have in your hand is for eating or something for washing your armpits!” LOL! Daiso shelf 1  Just look at those cute little piggy-panks!  I bought one of the pandas! Remember-EVERYTHING in this shop is only 600 baisas or $1.55 US/$1.90 CAD. animal magnet  What home would be complete without “the animal magnet?!  :-)  (And YES, I did buy this one!) Some of the products here are cute-others are outright hilarious! (Let’s not forget that Japan is the country that gave us “Hello Kitty”!)  The English errors on some of the packaging are worth the trip alone, ha!ha!  To enjoy other Japanese attempts at labeling products in “Engrish”, check out this site: www.engrish.com (CAUTION! You may crack a rib from laughter!)kitty teapots  If you live in Oman and end up in Muscat, you HAVE to check out this store.  It’s located in Ruwi next to Khalijana Supermarket and has over 3,200 ft2(300m2) of shopping area.Daiso shelf 2  The opening hours of this store in Ruwi, Oman are: Sat-Thur 9:30am-1pm, 5-10pm; and Friday 5-10pm.safety plugs   For any of you Canadian viewers out there, there is one daiso store in Canada.  It’s located in Richmond, BC. http://www.daisocanada.com/contactus.htmlChe in aisle  If you are reading this and pouting due to the fact that there is no Daiso store in your area, take heart, dear reader, for there is an on-line site!   http://www.daisojapan.com/Daiso shelf 3  There are friendly employees ready to help you out in this store…but they are cautious as there have been reports of “cultural problems” – “”We have tried saying ‘Irasshaimase’ (Welcome) when customers visit the shops, but this annoys some people. And in Kuwait, where there is fairly strict adherence to Islamic principles, I made a man angry when I was explaining to his wife how to use our products. I think he thought I was ogling her or something,” he said. (from http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nb20070609a4.html)Daiso shelf 4  More info on Daiso found here: http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/english/about/about04.htmlDaiso shelf 5  So if you are ever in Ruwi with some extra time on your hands, why not check this shop out?!  You will have a good laugh, find some interesting products you might not find elsewhere and you will feel as if you have taken a “small trip to Japan” as an escape from the desert heat!

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17 responses to “DAISO – The AWESOME 600 Baiza Store in Ruwi, Oman!

  1. Hello there Andy!

    How r you doing?
    Lovely to see a beautiful couple like you and your wife.
    If I read correctly, you said your wife Che works for Oman Air.
    I am keen on working there, so could she help me out with the same :).

    Regards,

    Maria

  2. Hi Maria!
    (That’s officially my wife’s 1st name too! “Maria Chyrell!) Thanks so much for your sweet words regarding me and my wife! It’s not my wife that works for Oman Air. It’s a friend of ours that we met through this blog and then had the pleasure of going to church with here in Muscat. I’ll ask her about how to go about working there and get back to you. All the best!

  3. Hello Andy!
    That’s great to hear :) ‘n’ your welcome!
    Oh that would be amazing, I could use some kind assistance.
    Looking fwd to hear from you.

    Regards,

    Maria

  4. In the meantime, Maria, what’s your email address so we can send you the relevent info? Cheers!

  5. Hello Andy!

    How r you doing?
    My e-mail address is ddollz@hotmail.com.

    Regards,

    Maria

  6. Diaso looked so cool with the pink sign now it looks so dull X|
    And most of the cuteness is gone ={ wish I had known about it when it first opened…still love it though!

    Thanx for the fun pix!

  7. Noora,
    Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting! Nice blog you’ve got there! Take care! :-)

  8. I used to go to Daiso in Dubai but try as I might I cant find the one in Muscat.. I’m new here so help me out with some directions & a road number please …

    • I’m sorry, but I don’t have the road name and it’s hard for me to remember the exact location. If you go to the Ruwi Church compound and drive in the direction of the Golden Oryx, it’s the first street on your right past the streetlights. After 2-3 minutes, you should see the Daiso shop on your right not far from a mosque on the left. I hope that helps.

  9. That’s Al Noor Street (earlier known as Rex Road).

  10. where is it located in ruwi????

  11. Pingback: Daiso Japan, Muscat Grand Mall | Andy in Oman

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