Tim Horton’s has been open for about a week now in Muscat City Centre (MCC) in Seeb. They had already opened a Timmie’s before that in Muscat Grand Mall (MGM). This is no big news to those of you who follow Muscat Mutterings (as I do). It was great to visit Tim Horton’s for the 1st time in Oman and so I thought I’d share my experience and a few pics with you.
The menu looks great and there are a surprising number of choices.
Speaking with the Area Manager and the Training Manager, I was told they they planned to open up 5 Tim Horton’s in the very near future. 2 are open for business now, so 3 more should be coming soon…
Dunkin’ Donuts, eat your heart out! Tim Horton’s is doing VERY well in this part of the world. The Area Manager, Rahul Sharma, told me that there are currently 20 Tim Horton coffee shops thoughout the UAE with 16 more scheduled to open up in the new 11 months.
For those of you who like early morning Timmies, there is good news! Although both malls which have Tim Horton’s in Oman (MCC & MGM) don’t really start business till 10am, you can get your Tim Horton’s as early as 8am! There are also hoping/planning that regular customers will be able to pick up earlier morning coffee from their shops as early as 6am by special request.
As I walked up to the counter and the Indian gentleman behind the counter asked me what I’d like, I said, “A medium double-double, please.” I was sure he wouldn’t have a clue what I meant like it was some foreign language, haha. (Double-Double is a Canadian Tim Horton fanatic’s simple way of asking for double cream and double sugar in their coffee.) Then without batting an eye, he replied, “Anything else, sir?” I was sure there had to be some misunderstanding or mix-up. Was it possible that he knew what I wanted? (It would not surprise me as I’ve been in quite a few coffee shops in Muscat and had the baristas look at me like I had 3 heads when I simply asked for “brewed coffee”. They had no idea what “brewed” meant…in a coffee shop!) “Did you understand what I meant?” He smiled and said, “Of course, sir. This is Tim Horton’s.” 🙂
Every proud parent has those important milestones to record: their child’s first steps, their child’s first words…here my daugher (with mommy’s help) approaches her first Tim Horton’s counter. She makes her father proud! 😉
Our first order from Tim Horton’s – a medium “double double” for Daddy (981 baisa) and a small hot chocolate (1.3 OR) for Mommy. Eat your heart out, Fivebucks…I mean, Starbucks.
Seating at Tim Horton’s in MCC is quite comfortable. By the way, for all you Canadians out there, that’s what “Tim Horton’s” looks like in Arabic in case you were wondering!
AHH, life in Oman seems to be better better with each passing day!
I had never heard of Tim Hortons before it opened up here and I wondered what all the fuss was about (us Scottish Expats lead sheltered lives you know..)
Now i understand – Great coffee and I ask for a cookie and the guy gives me two cookies and a wink, what a lad haha.
Hi, Heather! Nice to see your comment here especially after following your great blog. Sounds like we’ve got another Tim Horton’s fan in the making, haha!
I am so proud of you Andy – great post!
I’ll give this a try, my Canadian friend. But have you tried our Double Double? In California it’s In-N-Out Burger’s double meat double cheese. That place has the same cult following as your Tim Hortons… And with a double double to boot.
Hey, Geoff. Surprised you haven’t tried this out yet. We’ll have to grab a coffee there sometime soon! I’ve never tried or even heard of In-N-Out Burger. That may have a huge following in California but remember that Tim Horton’s has a whole country of addicts, haha! 😉
In N Out is the best there is!
And I love Tim Horton’s cream cheese bagel..
Haven’t tried their bagels yet…they look great!
There’s that cult following Geoff mentioned, hahah! 🙂
Competition is always a great thing! Although been to Toronto as a child Tim Hortons does not ‘stick’ but I shall most surely try it now!! Thanx for an updated post on Muscat and Oman!! loved your wording, how good is it in this land when someone ‘gets you?’ Epic!!
You really do have to give it a shot! BTW, nice to know you get what I mean! 😉
Is it corny that I teared up just a bit when I read the employee’s answer to you? *sigh* I love me some Timbits, and now to have them in Oman, whenever I want them…!
Not corny at all – just funny! 😉 I think there are more than a few Canadians who also “love ’em some Timbits” and Timmie’s as I always manage to run into a Canadian when I go to Tim Horton’s at City Centre Muscat, haha!
Hi readers and foodies! I recommend this place. Really really like it! Quite spacious compared to some suffocating cafes in malls… 🙂
We also enjoy having a bit more space at Tim Horton’s when the foodcourt can be so crowded!