Muttrah Souq


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Muttrah Souq

The Muttrah Souq is the number one shopping venue in Muscat - a must-visit for first-time travelers to Oman and bargain lovers. Browse through the endless colorful stalls and venture away from the souq's main artery into the smaller side-streets for even better deals. Do not be afraid to haggle - prices can often be brought down to a fraction of the initial amount.


Visitors to Muscat are free to choose between an authentic shopping experience in the souqs and modern, air-conditioned shopping malls established in the recent years (primarily in central Muscat and its upmarket suburb of Qurum). The souqs in Muscat and Muttrah are a vibrant, lively experience fit for those ready to haggle and actively pursue great bargains. Clothing, leather goods, local art and handicrafts, ceramics, gold and jewelry are some of the items on sale in the city's windy souqs. Western-style shopping malls, on the other hand, sell primarily international brand clothing and accessories, and often house grocery stores, food courts and entertainment venues.