Located neighboring the United Arab Emirates is the rapidly developing nation of Oman. Considered to be one of the region’s most important trading ports, Oman is a nation known for its commercial and trading activity. Oman is home to many popular attractions such as the Muscat Gate, the Oil and Gas Exhibition Centre, the Royal Opera House Muscat, Bahla Fort, and the Jabrin Castle. For a comforting experience in a luxury Muscat hotel with world-class facilities and amenities stay at the Al Falaj Hotel.
Souqs, the traditional open-air market places of the Arabian world, are popular attraction even today. Among the many souqs in the Middle-East, one of the most reputed souqs is Muttrah Souq. Located in Muscat, Muttrah Souq is one of the oldest souqs in the Arabian world and is widely considered to be Oman’s most exciting and popular attraction. Muttrah souq is home to hundreds of shops and vendors and is great place to visit if you enjoy discovering the local culture and getting some shopping done.
The Muttrah Souq in Muscat is considered to be one of the few souqs which still contain elements of a traditional souq, although it has a modern wooden roof unlike a traditional souq. The souq is deceptively large and is full of winding pathways heading in all directions, all dotted with shops and vendors. One can shop for traditional Arabic apparels, souvenirs, handicrafts, traditional and modern jewelry, colourful accessories and various other goods, as well as Omani daggers, pots and hookahs. Much like a traditional souq, Muttrah Souq also has a culture of bargaining, but don’t be surprised if you fail to get substantial discounts. The pathway heading straight from the main entrance is one of the most popular stretches as it is home to some of the fancier shops of the souq. The Muttrah Souq is at its peak just after sunset, so if you plan on visiting this fascinating market place to shop or witness its culture, head out at about 6.00pm.
Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world. Google+