Ruwi is one of three towns or districts that make up the Muscat area. It is considered the commercial hub and main business district of the capital. With its neon lights, many shops and busy streets, Ruwi has an urban feel that is pulsing with energy. At the same time, there are still many older structures and narrow alleys that maintain the town’s traditional feel. Although many were demolished in the last 40 years to make way for commercial spots, the historical buildings that still stand are some of the oldest in the country.
On the southeastern side of the district you’ll find Muscat’s Little India and Souq Ruwi Street with dozens of colorful shops and local eateries. The many banks and business headquarters can be found on the western side. Ruwi High Street is the main commercial avenue with a variety of shopping options.
Ruwi is located about 3 kilometers inland from Muttrah and about 5 kilometers from the main residential localities of Al-Khuwair and Al-Qurm.