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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  • August 12, 2017
    While I agree with the other reviewers - this is a safe souk where the shopkeepers are not aggressive and pushy, I must state that this souk is overpriced. Shopkeepers sell apparently old-looking obje...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is a very cool, old souk. What we really liked about it was that the vendors there were not pushy at all! When you go to markets in other countries, the vendors can get very aggressive, but here ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Anda bisa mencari oleh oleh di pasar ini. Tapi harap untuk menawar karena mereka selalu pasang harga tinggi untuk wisatawan asing  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    A must see attraction for anyone visiting the capital _ Muscat. Best visit times in the early evening and in the winter. Requires some cooling options, but truly a well preserved authentic experience.
  • July 12, 2017
    Sultanate's oldest market place. Famous for its history and ethnically distributed array of products on offer. Must visit place for the tourists in Muscat
  • July 6, 2017
    Wonderful historical Omani market.. perfect for gifts buying.
  • May 8, 2017
    Great place in Muscat to buy traditional Omani stuff. Also famous for various souvenirs of Oman. Please visit this place in the evening. You can have a watch along the beach. See the ships in harbour. Enjoy your walk along the sea. It is one of the must see places in Muscat. Muscat is an extremely calm place. Mutrah souq gives a traditional view of Oman.
  • June 21, 2017
    A place where you can meet the locals. Incredibly beautiful!

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