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Old Muttrah Souk, Muscat Governorate

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Wander through the maze of scented alleys lined with colorful stores at Old Muttrah Souk, one of the oldest markets in the Middle East. Standing on the ancient trading route to China and India, the market played an important role in the development of the city. Originally built from palm leaves and mud, today it is covered by modern timber roofing. The market got its name--which refers to the darkness--from the narrow alleyways so tightly packed with stalls that they stop the sun's rays from getting in. The selection of goods ranges from household items and clothing to hookah pipes, perfumed oils, precious stones, and framed daggers. Don't worry if you get lost--you're bound to, especially if you're a first-timer--you can always refresh yourself with fruit juice or grab a bite of shawarma, a favorite regional dish. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Muttrah holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Old Muttrah Souk and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • To try to immerse yourself in a place you can't go to the souq in Muscat. Once you enter you will be good-naturedly assaulted by a myriad of vendors offering perfumes, spices & scarves of all kinds. The sellers are a bit boring but never rude or overbearing and I think it's a once in a lifetime experience. If you are intending to purchase something the Council is only one: treated up to the extreme on the price ...;)
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  • ... If only we think in Istanbul. Worth the visit. maze of narrow streets and little shops with spices, incense burned that perfumes the air, clothes, pashminas souvenit ... etc etc.
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  • Interesting place to walk around. You can wonder around and absorbe the smells and watch the scenary. People are friendly and no one is pushy....more or less they all sell same things. Suq has roof wh...  more »