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Old Muttrah Souk, Muscat Governorate

Categories: Flea Markets, Historic Sites, Shopping, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The souk offers a variety of products from local made to Chinese made products hence offering a good range for shoppers.We found good display of handmade Omani traditional hats.its next to da sea so i...  read more »
  • Mutrah Souk is the popular shops complex in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. It is said of the oldest market and is located on the sea of Oman. If you want to buy frankincense this place there is sold East of incense and perfume as well as silverware plus fabrics and spices and chimneys and halwa. Etc. Recommend it
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  • Fun to get lost in the maze of shops, love the spices and the gold souk. A step back in time. Not too much hassle, friendly shopkeepers and many treasures from mainly India. 
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