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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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  • Nothing was special about it. Just a lot of shops that sell cheap stuff like souvenirs with very bad quality. 
  • Simply strolling, through the market and negotiate with dealers in the Oriental souk, belongs to a visit to Muscat. We've got sound for a ridiculously low price including a beautiful--with the help of our friend from nutmeg. Of course, operators are intrusive and follow almost by the market and advertise their wares. But it is always worth a visit.
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  • Intended market is mainly for tourists as the main item here is souvenirs, local clothes and incense. Here you can walk is that of curiosity and local surroundings. Of the attractions of the market should highlight the central dome and mosaics with views of Muscat.
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