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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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  • As in every souk are often many junk Made in China. Here they have the original stuff like frankincense and myrrh ... unique local products:-) The rest is imported. But it's worth still spend a hour!
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  • Cruising with friends a stopover in Muscat, visit to the souk to two steps from the port, alleys clean and inviting, all small shops which contrast with the huge shopping malls of Dubai. We have never seen stocks of pans as here! beautiful fabrics and a work of exceptional gold. A must see.
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  • In the District of Muttrah is the famous souks. We enter into narrow alleys and studded with small shops selling local handicrafts. Unfortunately the presence of tourists is massive and does not transmit the charm of other souk visited. Very nice the stroll along the Harbour and the coast to the Sultan's Palace (approximately 7 km).
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