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Review of Old Muttrah Souk

Old Muttrah Souk
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“One of the best”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

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!

Visited December 2012
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“Worth a short visit – nothing more”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

You can get around the Souk well within an hour.
There are lots of stalls selling much the same thing: pashmina’s, spices, incense, Omani headgear and national costumes etc etc. The vendors try their hardest to entice you in to their shops but once you have indicated you are not interested they don’t tend to pester you further.
Much of the stuff is for the tourist market and can be sourced elsewhere in the city. Good to explore the small alleyways off the main souk area which have some different items for sale. Just be careful of uneven ground especially in some of the very narrow alleys.

Visited January 2013
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“Authentic Arabian Souk”
Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

What s delight . Am authentic souk with just the right blend of Arabian hospitality, earthy smalls and middle eastern salesmanship. Great windy narrow lanes selling mainly non touristic stuff. Great place to wind away an hour or so before coming out and watching dusk over the Mosque, Castle walls and amazing rocky mountains

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Muscat, Oman
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“Very pleasent and fascinating experience”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

This is really the place to visit in Muscat, the souk is very nice to walk in, do barganing and buy all what you would think about.....
There is allot fo things to see and buy in this souk that definitly you would need a couple of visit to it and in every visit you will find something new!! Love it

Visited December 2012
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“Genuinely Old Souk”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We visited the Souk in early afternoon as it was just opening. Fabulous atmosphere as the buildings were very old, winding passages with tiny shops/stalls. Fully enclosed and so out of the hot sun. Shopkeepers were talkative and not push. lots of local stuff as well as the typical cheap goods. The souk is targeted at locals as well as tourists and as the evening approached there were far more locals than visitors - the place became quite crowded and very busy. A number of local restaurants open along the seafront and great views of the port and it's overlooking old forts. A Must Visit and much better than the new souks in Dubai

Visited October 2012
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