Old Muttrah Souq in Muscat, Oman


Muttrah Souq مطرح

Architectural type: Market
Style: Old Arabian market
Date built: 1880’s
Address: Port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat, Oman

dense /dens/ adjective – 1. closely compacted in substance

Muttrah hallway

How does dense connect to landscape or scenery? Let’s consider the old Arabian market place.  As I mentioned in my previous post of Nizwa fort (check it out here), my understanding of the Middle East as a kid was based off the story books I’ve read or movies I’ve seen.  I remember watching the movie “The Jewel of the Nile” and in the first scene Michael Douglass is in some unknown country.  Or when Aladdin stole an apple 🍎 at the market in the Disney movie Aladdin.  These were the images that came to mind when thinking of an old souk.  So that’s what I expected to see.

Muttrah 6

Karak Tea

I  wasn’t that far off in expectations when visiting Souk Muttrah in Muscat, Oman.  This Souk is a little more modern than what we saw in the movies but not by much.  When entering there are mainly clothing stores, pottery, household goods and gold stores but you find a few merchants selling food, spices and hot karak tea.

This souk is also DENSE.  Each store is tightly packed with goods that it appears that each store is busting at the seems.  Also, the souk is crowded in the evenings.  It’s literally a sardine can with everyone stepping on your shoes (hurts when you’re wearing sandals Lol).

Muttrah Shopping


8 replies »

    • Oman is a beautiful place. I’d like to go back for another stay. I appreciate that you enjoy my blogs. I haven’t heard of this award before. I just read about it now. Thanks for nominating me 🙏🙏🙏

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      • Oman does look incredible. I’d never considered it on my travel list before – which seems silly now I’ve seen all of your posts, and how much beauty there is there. I’ve always wanted to visit a souk, though. My Mother lived in Morocco for some years when she was young, and she told me tales of the souks and mosques and tanneries that conjured up such wonderful images in my mind 🙂 .
        Anyway, you’re welcome. I love reading your writing and you throughly deserve recognition. You don’t have to accept, of course.


    • I like it as well. Especially the fact it has great views and slow paced. Has a small town feel although it’s a major city. However, Yemens Souk in the capital is my favorite. I’m still traveling around the Middle East to see a similar historic Souk.


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