Muttrah Souq مطرح
Style: Old Arabian market
Date built: 1880’s
Address: Port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat, Oman
dense /dens/ adjective – 1. closely compacted in substance
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.
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).