We know the souk very well after having lived in Oman. These days it can get very crowded if a cruise ship is in port, but one can buy pashminas, local art prints, and all manner of artefacts in the little shops tucked away along the narrow alleyways. It has recently been refurbished inasmuch that the ceilings are redecorated with Islamic art decor and stained glasss and most floors re-tiled. This does not detract from its charm. The vendors do not pester, are very polite and will take a courteous no for an answer!