Al-Husn Souq
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Helen M
11 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a small souq in typical tourist style. If you like to haggle at a souk, this one is good for this, and the prices you can get seemed to be lower than in Muscat. The location right on the coast is nice with a beach within walking distance. Nice way to spend an hour in Salalah.
Written February 7, 2020
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Soumya Nayak
Dubai, United Arab Emirates601 contributions
Oct 2021
I have visited the Mutrah souq in Muscat. It is HUGE & like a maze. There are shops for literally all items under the sun. When I read reviews about Al Husn Souq, I expected it to be similar (maybe a bit smaller). We followed the google map & arrived at the souq. We checked the directions again & realised we were at the right spot. We then checked with a passerby who confirmed it was indeed the Al Husn Souq.

So, there is a cluster of about 20 odd shops that sell frankincense, omani caps, perfumes & souvenirs. There is empty land on 3 sides of these shops. The 4th side has the road & there are few clothing & tailor shops on that side - All of this is Al Husn Souq. The souq is decent, not great.

We shopped some frankincense & got into conversation with the shopkeeper. He mentioned that the souq was much larger & was demolished 4 years ago, the reconstruction is yet to start.
Written November 2, 2021
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Reza Sattarzadeh
Muscat, Oman2,161 contributions
Nov 2020 • Solo
It's arguably the best place in Salalah to get some souvenirs home from here. There are a lot of small shop to buy some fresh frankincense. Make sure that you haggle a lot since the prices are jacked up pretty high for tourists.
Written April 8, 2021
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Jörg Fischer
Berlin, Germany395 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Is a usual souk, for sure, with the main focus on frankincense and other perfumes. We visited the souk at 8pm to feel the evening atmosphere. Fundamentally it is a bit like same, same but different. If you have some time, you should visit the souk.
Written November 14, 2021
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malabarfly
Gravesend, UK1,957 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
This ‘souk’ is situated on the beachfront, close to the sprawling Sultan’s Palace (Al Husn), hence its name (it is also known as Al Haffa Souk, after the district in which it’s situated). It is not along the lines of the more traditional Arabic souks of narrow covered darkened alleyways lined by stalls and small shops (such as those in Morocco, Tangier, Egypt or even the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul) with but a square area of shops lining streets, some of which are more narrow and pedestrianized. Many of the shops sell frankincense and other aromatics and perfumes, while others sell hats, sweets and other potential tourist bits and pieces.

There are one or two cafes to sit with a coffee, and there are public toilets available, which is a useful attribute in Oman. However, unless you intend visiting all the perfume shops and spending a long time drinking tea and haggling, then an hour would be sufficient time to wander round it all (we had seen all we wanted within 40 minutes, albeit without shopping or stopping for a coffee).
Written May 18, 2015
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TNBOY
Beechgrove, Tennessee469 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Unlike the Al Muttrah souq in Muscat, and other souqs in other Gulf States, the Al Husn souq in Salalah is not the covered warren of alleyways seen elsewhere. Rather, it is an open street lined with small stores on both sides of the street. The usual goods like scarves, shirts, luggage for those who bought more than they planned, and foodstuffs are present. But the Al Husn souq is known for perfumes, frankincense and myrrh. To actually see two of the less common gifts of the Magi is quite interesting. Frankincense is actually tree sap gathered from small trees (some would call them shrubs) at specific times of the year. It is burned on a bit of charcoal in an incense burner and gives off a strong but pleasant smell. Available in a variety of grades, frankincense is rather cheap and makes a nice, albeit different, gift. Handicap accessible and a variety of currencies are accepted. However, credit cards are not.
Written June 25, 2016
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Mohammad B
Tehran, Iran92 contributions
Dec 2015
it is a very small souq that must of them sell some traditional oud and shawl
you can see all the shops in about 2 hours
Written December 6, 2015
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ppiter
Bologna, Italy23 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
Several people write about sadness, lack of things to buy - out of pashminas or local caps, dirtiness;
Actually, it is not untrue, but it is only one angle among several; this souq is a taste of the life of people on the edge of the touristic "bubble".
Many of them came from outside the country in their quest for a life chance - it easy to talk with them and find other asian stories.
As western people, you may feel little uncomfortable because very there are few other like you around; but there is no any real threat.

By the way, my family and enjoyed this visit which takes very short time - i suggest plan it going back to the airport. Consider it as a small tribute to the country which guest you.

pietro
Written January 18, 2017
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GEOVANA A
Luxembourg166 contributions
Apr 2016
very little items, as they sell mainly frankincense . Prices are higher than previous years. you can bargain for 1 kg of frankincense , medium to good quality for 15 usd. some shops/seller are asking very high prices.
Written April 28, 2016
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K.D.Ttree
Dundee, UK329 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
Trip from cruise on Costa neo romantica. Not a lot to see but Pashminas seemed to be good value at 5 euros. Bags of frankincense. Really need to carry Euros. ATM's in Salalah but end up with currency you can't use. People seem friendly stall holders speak English.
Written December 16, 2015
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