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Old Muttrah Souk, Muscat Governorate

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Flea Market Historic Site
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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  • I can't begin to enthral enough at the authenticity of this Souk, set in the beautiful Port-side town of Muttrah. I take my hat off to the Authorities for allowing the old to remain amongst the beauty...  more »
  • The setting is amazing - hundreds of stalls in a maze of undulating streets. The vendors are hyper-agressive to the point of rudeness. My daughter felt very uncomfortable. The goods offered from stall...  more »
  • It's the best souk I have ever seen. The colors, the smells, the food and all the crafts and souvenirs that we can find in this place it's overwhelming. I love it.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Wonderful historical Omani market.. perfect for gifts buying.
  • 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.
  • A place where you can meet the locals. Incredibly beautiful!