"Matrah "Dark Market" Souq" Mirani Fort Tip by DSwede

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  Matrah "Dark Market" Souq
by DSwede

The Matrah "Dark Market" Souq is an area of open walkways. The "Dark" comes from the overhead roof that was put above the corridors to give shade and a cooling effect.

The Matrah Souq is arguable the oldest and best example of the traditional souqs in the entire peninsula and definitely the most iconic in Oman.

Everything is available from spices to precious metals, to woodwork, to sweets and food. There are jewelry stores, antiques and plenty of more contemporary items. Prices are rarely posted and bartering is the key to prices.

The corridors are open from sunrise to the quiet hours of the night. However each and every shop inside operates with their own hours. Typically they will close for a long siesta (~1p until 4pm). Otherwise they are open until the cool hours of the night.

Address: Corniche road, in Matrah
Directions: Just off of the Corniche road, opposite of the port

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 15, 2009
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