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In a nutshell An excursion dedicated entirely to one of the most distinctive and traditional places in Muscat and the Arab world: Muttrah Souk. Teeming with colourful goods, fragrant essences and sparkling stones and jewellery, it is an authentic reflection of the city's spirit.

Main stops
  • Muttrah Souk: wonderful merchant houses from the 18th century
  • Stalls selling fruit and veg, herbs and spices, textiles, traditional clothing, incense, pipes, ceramics and arts and crafts
  • Bustling life and intoxicating oriental smells of oils and spices
  • Antiques, precious metals and gold jewellery

The programme
  • We will take a transfer to Muttrah Souk, one of the oldest and most famous markets in Oman and the Middle East, and a charming blend of old and modern surrounded by wonderful merchant houses dating back to the 18th century. The entrance to the souk is a kind of cement loggia and also acts as a meeting point for tourists and locals alike.
  • For centuries it was the point where goods would be exchanged after coming from the port of Muscat from India, China and the Middle East, and it is still a vibrant, active market today with stalls selling locally produced fruit and veg, herbs and spices, traditional fabrics, clothing, jewellery, incense, pipes, ceramics and arts and crafts.
  • We will join the bustling activity and intoxicating oriental fragrances that drift around the stalls brimming with goods on display. Nicknamed 'Al Dhalam Souq', meaning 'Shaded Market', by the locals, it was formerly made up of narrow alleys with buildings with clay walls and palm trees which acted as a screen from the scorching Oman sun. The souk has since been restructured and decorated in a contemporary Arab style with lead windows and bright lanterns under a robust wooden roof.
  • Once we are inside the souk, we will let the intense fragrances from the scented oils and spices guide us. The small shops that open out into the corridors display boldly decorated goods, embroidered fabrics, voile and typical dresses. Some of the shops are brimming with antiques, precious metals and gold jewellery from India and Oman, piled up to the ceiling, whilst others offer a spectacular kaleidoscope of multi-coloured fragrant dyes.

Good to know
  • This excursion does not include a guide or a rep.
  • Appropriate clothing is required in respect of the culture of the visited country.