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Oman’s Famous Muttrah Souk

Oman’s Famous Muttrah Souk

The Muttrah Souk, located in Muscat, is one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. You simply can’t visit the Sultanate of Oman without stepping foot inside here.

Shoppers at the Muttrah Souk

Shoppers at the Muttrah Souk.

Surprisingly the Muttrah Souk was a less forceful environment than other similar shopping experiences I’ve had around the world. I was expecting to be aggressively harassed by shopkeepers but that simply wasn’t the case here. Obviously they still do their best to entice you into their stores but all in a friendly manner which is fine by me… they still have to make a living, after all.

Ashraf

Our new friend Ashraf noticed we were getting hot so he gave us water… how nice!

We enjoyed our first visit to the Muttrah Souk so much that we instantly planned to spend our free time on the last day back here.

Amy and Brooke shopping

Loving our last day in Oman – shopping, of course.

With so much shopping to be done, it wasn’t hard for any of us to say goodbye to all of our Omani Rial.

Dusk

Dusk just couldn’t resist! The lady has style.

The Souk, like most things in Oman, was a delight to the senses. From the beautifully bright cashmeve scarves to the smell of Frankincense that will forever take me back to the Sultanate of Oman, often I was walking around in pure awe.

Frankincense

Frankincense

This is THE place in Oman to get your souvenirs and gifts for loved ones back home. I picked up some beautiful scarves, a dress, the token miniature gold camel and some stunning jewelry. I also purchased Kieron a dishdasher, the traditional dress for men, but I’m yet to snap a photo of him in it. Stay tuned for that one!

Scarves

Every color scarf you could think of… so hard to choose.

Other items for sale included spices, Omani coffee and plenty of homewares and jewelry.

Light

I really wanted this beautiful light, but my full suitcase wouldn’t allow it!

Even if you didn’t want to spend a lot of money, you could happily just walk around looking all day.

Homewares

Bold and bright homewares everywhere you looked!

Be sure to explore the side streets and alleys around the Souk too – you will find some lovely little shops and meet some incredibly friendly people.

Most stores within the Muttrah Souk accept credit card (very impressed!) so start working on those bargaining skills.

Credit Card

Yep, they take all of these cards!

Opening hours for the Muttrah Souk are 9AM-1PM/4PM-9PM Saturday through Thursday and 9AM-1PM on Fridays.

Here are a few more photos I captured whilst strolling around the Souk…

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This post was brought to you by Side trip of a Lifetime and the Sultanate of Oman.

4 Comments

  1. Posted June 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad to see you featured Oman – I think it’s a great travel destination and, indeed, with amazing traditional markets.

    As someone who used to live in Dubai, I’d always recommend visitors to spend some time on the other side of the border, in Oman, that has so much to offer and where you can learn a lot about the traditional Arab world!
    Zara @ Backpack ME recently posted..Exotic views on Easter Island

  2. Posted July 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    These bazaars are certainly a festival of colors and fragrances! That’s how the settings is defined a exotic. They really are.

    Your photos are amazingly bringing the realities of those living places into tangible state. I enjoyed your post particularly through the images.

    Thanks for sharing it.

    Rahman Mehraby
    Destination Iran
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  3. Posted August 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Oman is an amazing country to travel in! I have bought so many scarfs on this market I had problems packing ha ha ha
    Marysia @ My Travel recently posted..Friday Lens Affair #29

  4. Posted January 22, 2014 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    Such a great post! I’m a huge fan of Oman and every time I’m there I have to go to Muttrah souk. I love the fact you pointed out how they are not pushy – in so many other places, like Istanbul, anywhere in Morocco and Egypt you’re heavily harassed…

    I can’t wait to go back to Muscat once again… :-)
    Pedro @ Travel with recently posted..7 of My Best Travel Experiences in 2013

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