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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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  • Very interesting for shopping, goods varied from around Oman and even other countries
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  • The markets Sell the local and traditional clothes and herbs and any local things you have to ask for a discount. You can also enjoy the coffee and some soft drinks in the cafe , the are cheep. 
  • Title says it all. Small covered streets packed with shops selling scarfs. Cheap metal trinkets and wooden boxes. Interesting for around 60sec.