Muscat: Asmaa Masound Al Kharusi wanted the perfect location to sell her high-end Omani themed household and gift ware, and the newly opened Opera Galleria proved to be ideal.
Asmaa had a big smile on her face as she gazed proudly around her shop, Asmaa Collectionz, just hours after the Opera Galleria first opened its doors to the public on Monday. "I feel very proud. It was my dream. When you design something yourself and you are the only person who started your business, it feels like it's your baby. I feel like I don't want to leave my shop," she said.
Prior to opening the shop in the Opera Galleria, Asmaa sold her collection from her home. She was waiting for a place that was classy and worthy of her products, she explained."This is the only place fit for my products. I didn't want to sell my products just anywhere because of their quality and value. These are unique and highly finished, and something you
don't find in Oman," she said.
Asmaa's products include lamps, dishes, tables, glassware, placemats and napkin rings which all feature traditional Omani jewellery as part of the designs. She also sells frankincense and incense sticks and burners.
Asmaa she hopes to appeal to wealthy businesspeople or delegations who visit Oman and to corporate buyers who are looking for something unique.
"This is what people are looking for. They want something very nice depicting Oman, and at the same time they are modern and practical," Asmaa said.
The Opera Galleria is also home to fashion designer Nawal Al Hooti's newest boutique, in which she sells her Omani-influenced clothes and jewellery, a second location of Bait Muzna Art Gallery, and The Omani Artisan House, which sells handmade local crafts.