With its ancient maze of intricate pathways, the Muttrah Souk offers lucky finds to those willing to look and bargain hard. Mainly sold by weight, gold and silver are both well priced here while other good buys include incense burners and silver khanjars, the traditional Omani daggers. Muttrah can be easily reached from The Chedi Muscat hotel and is located just twenty minutes by car in the direction of old Muscat.
Intrepid explorers will also want to add Nizwa Souk to their itinerary as it is just a ninety-minute drive from the hotel. This timeless market hosts a lively auction early each Friday morning of cows, goats and sheep, where the stubborn behaviour of the animals provides great amusement for the spectators. At the souk you can admire the enticing local produce, pick up traditional handicrafts, watch silversmiths hammer patterns into the hilts of khanjars and women wearing glittering, embroidered burka.
Opening times of both markets are between 8:00 am – 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm, daily and local currency is a must for effective bargaining.
For more information please contact:
T (968) 2452 4400