Mutrah Souq Muscat

Mutrah Souq Muscat

April 2016

Many tourist and locals come to Mutrah corniche to visit the souq. It retains it’s traditional Arab market atmosphere albeit housed under modern timber roofing. The souq carries mainly household goods, shoes, ready-made garments, pots, pans, laundry detergent or cheap souvenirs made in China. Other things sold at the souq include paintings, hookah pipes, framed daggers and leather works.

Further inside, you can enjoy or get a headache from the smells of incense, perfume oils, fresh jasmine and spices. You can also obtain Omani silver and multicoloured head scarves.

All in all Mutrah souq does not rival the Grand bazar of Istanbul nor the medina of Marrakesh. It felt more like a flea market found anywhere else in the world. It’s quite unlikely for you to get lost inside the souq as it’s not as big. But if you do, just walk downhill and you’ll emerge at the entrance facing the croniche.

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Entrance into Mutrah souq from Al Bahri road (Mutrah croniche).

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Shopkeeper inviting passer-by to shop.

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Few of the many shops inside Mutrah souq.

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Shops displaying it’s wares.

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More wares on display.

The alleys inside Mutrah souq are covers. When you reach a spot that splits into two alleys, you'll find decorated 'domes'.

The alleys inside Mutrah souq are covers. When you reach a spot that splits into two alleys, you’ll find decorated ‘domes’.

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Another one of the ‘intersections’ inside Mutrah souq.

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