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Mutrah Souq, Muscat Governorate

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Wander through the maze of scented alleys lined with colorful stores at Mutrah Souq, 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. With our online itinerary creator, Muttrah attractions like Mutrah Souq can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • As an amateur photographer I find these shops a real opportunity for interesting shots. Fascinating people and goods. From a practical point, they can be crowded and the light poor or artificial...  more »
  • A typical but beautifull old bazar of East! It is situated near corniche, in front of the sea and is big enough. You will find a lot of local things such as souvenirs, spices, parfums, jwells...  more »
  • Nice Place. Pretty much all products that are widely available in the gulf region, expect one thing there 8 found it amazing. That is sweaters socks & hand gloves made up of sheep furs manufactured locally. (especially for kids & ladies) and of course souvenirs.
  • Great place to shop! A treasure trove of trinkets to be found here. Spend as much time as you can in each shop, amazing what you can find! Remember to negotiate bargains!

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