Traditonal Souqs

Souqs

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Muttrah Souk is  the most famous and oldest Souk in Muscat city. Muttrah Souq is located  along the corniche to Mutrah (Old Muscat). Here you will visit the Oman National Museum and the charming Bait al Zubair, a private museum housing traditional Omani items reflecting the country’s rich heritage. Nearby is His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ Al Alam Royal Palace in Muscat protected in the bay by the famous twin forts of Jalali and Mirani, rebuilt by the Portuguese. There are other traditional souqs outside Muscat that are woth visiting.

The traditional Arabic market place is called the souq and these are found in many of the towns throughout the Sultanate. One of the oldest preserved souqs in Oman.. Gold and silver jewellery is found in abundance as well as numerous wooden carvings, ornaments and spices. Muttrah souq is a maze of pathways leading in and out of each other. 'Household' goods make up the bulk of the souq, but browsing through some of the smaller shops may result in a lucky find. Bargaining is a must, however. Gold and silver are well priced and mainly sold by weight. Good buys are silver khanjars (the traditional Omani dagger, worn by men) and incense burners.

Nizwa souq hosts a lively cattle market early each Friday morning where cows, goats and sheep are auctioned. The obstinate behaviour of the animals often provides great amusement for the spectators. There is an abundance of local handicrafts and produce in the covered souq. Silversmiths can be seen hammering patterns into the hilts of khanjars and women sell the birka, a glittering, embroidered facemask worn by local ladies.

Sinaw souq is best visited early in the morning on weekends. It has similar ware to Nizwa souq, including a cattle market. Some of the silver shops sell the old silver Bedouin jewellery, but you have to look hard. This is actually the new souq, the old one being situated to the rear. The old one is now abandoned.

Ibra souq is open to all, as long as you are female! It is a fairly recent innovation, opened in 1990 and is held on Wednesday mornings. It is the only souq in Oman which lends itself totally to the needs of women. Lotions, cosmetics, powders, textiles, perfumes and henna are amongst some of the items on sale.

In Muscat or most of the big cities all around the world we find the old markets still exist despite the spread of giant shopping malls. Al Dhalam (darkness) Market in Muttrah is one of the most popular bazaars in Muscat. It has been named after darkness because of the crowded stalls and lanes where the sunrays do not infiltrate during the day and the shoppers need lamps to know their destinations.

Name of the market has been drawn specifically from the part that extends from Al Lawatiya Mosque to Khour Bimba where the place is really full of stores and stalls and the narrow area of lanes does not allow the sunlight to enter.    In the past the market was built from mud and palm leaves, which suit the high temperatures and the hard climate conditions at that lime.  The market was a source of supply for Omanis where they can buy their needs in the sixties when life requirements were simple than today. Most of the goods were imported, in addition to local products like textiles, fruit, vegetables and dates.

Souqs becomes more crowded and active during Eid seasons when Oman is come from all over the country to buy garments and jewelry. Al Dhalam Market in Muttrah is considered popular, social and economic record that reflects Omani features in the different walks of life.  More on Mutrah Fish Market.

Things to do

Muscat City Tour, Cultural Tour

Itinerary

Starting at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of few mosques open to non Muslims tour highlights include visiting the fort, the sultan's palace and the Bait Al-Zubair Museum before stopping for the date and coffee and a walk along the corniche to explore the Muttrah souk.

  • Pickup Time: 8:00am
  • Return Time: 12:00pm

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Rate is based on 1 Car / Minimum 4 person basis

Cost in Omani Rials for groups of 1 to 4 people

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40 per pax25 per pax18 per pax15 per pax

39 USD
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15 OMR
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Muttrah Fish Market

Fish Market

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Muttrah Fish Market is one of the main tourist  attraction site in Muscat City. Muttrah Fish Market is a place where tourist  prefer to stop   and watch the live activity of fish selling and the boat launch to the beach. The variety of different type of fishes in Oman sea gives an idea how Omani sea is rich of marine life.

The location of the market near by the Muttrah Cornish where you can see different types of boats and ships bring a lovely view with the birds flying around the sea side producing their beautiful voice. In side the market you can also visit the vegetable market which sells all fresh type of vegetables and fruits. There are special areas where the cutting of the fish is done. It is a place any tourist to Muscat should visit.

Things to do

Muscat City Tour, Cultural Tour

Itinerary

Starting at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of few mosques open to non Muslims tour highlights include visiting the fort, the sultan's palace and the Bait Al-Zubair Museum before stopping for the date and coffee and a walk along the corniche to explore the Muttrah souk.

  • Pickup Time: 8:00am
  • Return Time: 12:00pm

Terms and Conditions Apply
Rate is based on 1 Car / Minimum 4 person basis

Cost in Omani Rials for groups of 1 to 4 people

1234
40 per pax25 per pax18 per pax15 per pax

39 USD
Book Now for 4 people minimum
15 OMR
Book Now for 4 people minimum

Nakhal Tour

Nakhal Fort

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Nakhal Fort is a large fort in the Middle East in the Al Batinah Region of the sultanate state of Oman. Nakhal Fort is also one of the most spectacular forts in the world, dramatically located at the edge of the Jebel Akhdar Mountains in northwest Oman. Nearby is a beautiful oasis and hot spring. Its one of Oman tourism.

Itinerary

Your private tour starts with a visit to the fish market and souk in Barka and a visit of Bait Na'am, a fortified house where the Imams used to overnight during their journey to the interior. From Barka the drive continues along the famous Batinah plain, the main agricultural area of Oman. The tour passes along picturesque wadis (dry river beds) and you will reach the oasis of Nakhal, with time for a visit of Nakhal Fort, for its impressive before returning to Muscat you will visit the natural hot springs water of Ain Thowarah. (lunch at the local restaurant)

Things to do

Cultural Tour, Buy Silver, Visit Forts

Cost includes:

  • 4x4 with English speaking guide
  • Permit, lunch, softdrinks and water on the board

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100 per pax50 per pax45 per pax40 per pax

104 USD
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40 OMR
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Nizwa Tour

Nizwa

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The Nizwa Fort is  the biggest castle in Nizwa, Oman. It was built in the 1650s by the second Ya’rubi Imam; Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'rubi,  although its underlying structure goes back to the 12th Century.  It is Oman's most visited national monument. The fort was the administrative seat of authority for the presiding Imams and Walis in times of peace and conflict.

The main bulk of the fort took about 12 years to complete  and was built above an underground stream. The fort is a powerful reminder of the town's significance through turbulent periods in Oman's long history. It was a formidable stronghold against raiding forces that desired Nizwa's abundant natural wealth and its strategic location at the crossroads of vital routes.

The fort's design reflects the Omani architectural ingenuity in the Ya’rubi era that witnessed considerable advancement in military fortifications and the introduction of mortar-based warfare. The main part of the fort is its enormous drum-like tower that rises 30 meters above the ground and has a diameter of 36 meters.

The strong foundations of the fort go 30 meters into the ground, and a portion of the tower is filled with rocks, dirt and rubble. The doors are inches deep and the walls are rounded and robust, designed to withstand fierce barrages of mortar fire. There are 24 openings all around the top of the tower for mortar fire.

Two cannons guard the entrance to the fort which opens into a maze of rooms, high-ceilinged halls, doorways, terraces, narrow staircases and corridors. Four cannons remain on the tower's top, down from a total of 24, which once served as the fort’s main firepower. They provided complete 360-degree coverage of the countryside around making it virtually impossible for a surprise attack on the fort without provoking a reply from the cannons.  One of them has the name of Imam Sultan bin Saif engraved on it.

Things to do

Cultural Tour, Buy Silver, Visit Forts

Itinerary

We proceed for a full day excursion to Barkat Al Mawz to see the ancient Falaj irrigation system thereafter, visit Nizwa with its Fort and Souq, the erstwhile capital of Oman; Nizwa is definitely a place to be explored. Points of interest are its majestic. Forts and the silver souq, famed for silver souvenirs. Drive on further to reach Bahla, the ancient, walled town famous for its pottery and a Fort which is on the UNESCO world heritage list. You can then visit Jabrin which has possibly the finest castle built in Oman - that was once also used as a University. You can also explore the ruins of the old Tanuf village alongside the newly constructed dam.

This trip truly is an education by itself. You will surely feel much more enriched after the historical insights into the culture and traditions of Oman.

  • Pickup Time: 8:00am
  • Return Time: 5:00pm

Cost includes:

  • Pemit, lunch, softdrinks and water on the board

Terms and Conditions Apply
Rate is based on 1 Car / Minimum 4 person basis

Cost in Omani Rials for groups of 1 to 4 people

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110 per pax55 per pax45 per pax38 per pax

99 USD
Book Now for 4 people minimum
38 OMR
Book Now for 4 people minimum