Muttrah Souq – Corniche, Muscat
Whether you do the Muttrah Souk by day or by night,
it is still an incredible, pleasurable bombardment of the senses!
The rich, colourful fabrics, the heady smells, the tinkling of an
old Omani coffee seller, the beckoning of
fendors luring you into their shops, these
are all part and parcel of a truly Arabian experience!
The character of the Corniche is created by the old
forts dotted on the mountains embracing this little
harbour, which is a stop-off port for many luxury cruise-ships,
one or two old dhows and the Sultan’s private ship.
It is a pretty sight, the road is usually lined with colourful petunias
and the sidewalks landscaped.
On entering the Souq, the senses are overwhelmed with sights, sounds and smells. This is the land of Frankincense!
There is astonishing detail to stone floors and stained glass ceiling windows.
Bartering is the order of the day and you can pick up many bargains from
an antique Omani silver ring to a brass camel lock.
hundreds of shops, be sure to take your mobile if you split up as
it branches off into a maze of ‘retail therapy’.
There is an impressive
‘Gold Souq’ boasting some fancy shops with marble
floors and stunning wares (a very ‘special wedding section’ can be found here.)
Some good buys have been camel-locks (5 rials)
little persian carpet coasters (1 rial) and pashimas of every colour
At night the harbour takes on a magical quality to be savoured . . .
much like the land itself!