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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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  • This was great to have a walk around there are lots of shops and I treating for items to look at. I had our little boy in a buggies with us and was suitable to walk around with him. Everyone was very ...  more »
  • We have promised us to more of the Souk. He is very nice and colorful, but nothing compared to Marrakech. A visit is enough for us.
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  • The Souk is recommended in many places. I think a visit doesn't have to be. It's more a skewer routes run through the narrow streets. If you prefer. I certainly found it annoying. Visited other souks in Oman. These were original and considerably more pleasant
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  • Great place and atmosphere. The vendors can be aggressive but are OK if you leave without buying anything. The prices can be pretty but haggling is to be expected if you want the best deal.
  • Beautiful traditional indoor market. Wondrous things to be found. Just beware that shop keepers play hard sell. You will be pursued and pressured into a sale.
  • Great souq to visit. Definitely have to go if you ever are in Muscat. ALWAYS remember to haggle. No matter the price they start at. Go before 1:30pm or after 4:30pm. Most places close between those two times. Don't worry about looking like a tourist, they can always tell no matter what, just use it to your advantage and try to find exactly what you're looking for by asking a lot of questions (whether it's about quality, variety, color, size, etc.). Be careful, though, there's tons of stuff there that is very cheaply made. So you might have to go to multiple places in order to find something really good.
  • Lots of Arabian wares. We had one merchant stop us & dressed us in Omani clothes. Kind of awkward not to buy anything after the effort he put in. We only wanted the scarf but he got us to get the hat also. It's worth checking out.
  • I have not met any friendlier people on my travels like this, very easy going and like a bartering challenge, would happily go back in a heartbeat