Bazaars in Muscat for shopping

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The Suk is the marketplace and trading quarters we commonly refer to as the bazaar. They were historically located outside the city gates, but as cities expanded, they moved into the heart of the city.

As the capital of the country, Muscat caters to a large number of tourists every year. As a result, the bazaars have a wide range of traditional items as well as modern items for sale.

Here are some of the best bazaars in and around Muscat:

Muttrah Souk

Muttrah SoukConsidered one of the oldest markets in the world, Muttrah Bazaar is probably the most popular market in Oman. It is located in Muttrah Corniche on a busy street with two main entrances.

Muttrah Souk is a maze of matchbox-like stores, and you'll find yourself in winding alleyways, amazed at the variety of attractions.

Because of its wooden roof, which lets little sunlight in, this bazaar is also called Souk Al Thalam or "market of darkness. Although most stores accept cards, it is best to carry cash.

If you do not agree with the prices, feel free to haggle. The bazaar is busiest in the evenings, when it is full of energy and activity.

Opening hours: Monday through Sunday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

2. Seeb Souq

Sib Market is located on a crowded ring road with stores and wagons along each side. Here you can find almost anything, whether it be bracelets and well-designed abaya or traditional wedding chests called mandu and Arabic-style sofas.

This bazaar, known as "Sister Muttrakh", is just north of Muscat International Airport. Because of its proximity to the coast, there is also a delightful seafood market here, and it is best to buy them before noon.

3. Souq es Sabt

Souq es SabtAlthough not a traditional bazaar, Souk Al Sabt is considered an artisan market in Muscat. It features fresh produce, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, and fun activities for the whole family, just like a flea market.

In fact, it has more than 170 vendors! The people of Muscat are delighted with the cheerful atmosphere of the market and the wide range of goods on offer.

Although these are the main bazaars in Muscat, there are many markets a short distance from the city. Most of them are open for one or two days of the week, so it is best to plan a visit in advance before leaving.

Opening hours: This market is seasonal and runs in two sessions - from November to December and January to February. The time varies between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

4. Bahla Souk

Bahla SoukJust over two hours south of Muscat is Bahla Souk, which offers traditional metals and pottery. If you want copper artifacts such as khanjars and fadles (large metal plates), Bahla Souk is the place for you!

It is located across the street from Fort Bahla. In addition to metalwork, there are also many ceramics. Suk has an open courtyard in the shade of beautiful trees, where you can sit down, enjoy halwa and admire the landscape of Bahla.

Opening hours are from 6 a.m. to noon, and again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

5. Sohar Souk

Sohar SoukSohar Souk is a handicrafts market located near Sultan Qaboos Mosque in the northern governorate of Al-Batinah. Two hours drive north of Muscat city.

This bazaar has magnificent Arab-Islamic architecture that creates shade as a showcase. Craft stores here sell gold, silver, herbs, honey, and wool. Supposedly it was created to encourage cottage industry in Oman.

Opening hours: Monday through Sunday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

6. Ibri Souk

Ibri Souk is located near Ibri Castle. This bazaar is also, like the market in Sohar, known for its crafts and jewelry. Do not miss the beautiful gold and silver jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces.

It is also known for its dedicated area where thoroughbred animals are sold. Ibri Souk is just under 3 hours from Muscat in a southwestern direction.

Opening hours: Monday through Sunday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

7. Ibra Souk

Ibra SoukThe market is located in the northern province of Al Sharqiya, an hour and a half drive from Muscat. It is known for being dedicated to women, and men are not allowed inside. There are a few stalls run by men, they can be found on the outskirts of Souk.

The shopkeepers here are very friendly, and you won't have any trouble striking up a conversation with them. Some even allow you to take photos of yourself and your products, though it's best to ask permission beforehand. This bazaar is located in the middle of a lush courtyard with a stunning view of the Al-Hajar Mountains.

Opening hours: Wednesday (6 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

8. Al Mintarib Souk

This bazaar is popular for selling handicrafts made by Omani tribes, such as the Badia villagers. It is located 2 hours south of Muscat in Al Badia region.

Here you can find well-made khanjars, swords, leather goods and other handicrafts.

Opening hours: Al Mintarib souk is open only on Tuesdays from 6 to 10 am.

9. Sinaw Souk

Sinaw SoukAlthough Sinaou is known as an outpost, it boasts much commercial activity. It is a place where Bedouins or nomads of Oman come to do business. Like the Muttra Bazaar, it is one of the oldest in the country, and has been renovated in recent years.

It sees the most people on Thursdays and weekends. You may even find that livestock are auctioned off by browsing the collection of fresh meat, fish, and other agricultural products.

Opening hours: Monday through Sunday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

Oman, a major trading port in the Middle East, has a rich trading culture, and many bazaars in Muscat sell beautiful clothes, well-made jewelry and other goods.

Spend a day at these bazaars in and around Muscat and enjoy the little treasures you find only in Oman!

 

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