Guide Location: Oman » Muscat
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
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Muttrah is a former hub of commerce in Oman which boasts one of the largest harbors in the Muscat region. It has a large fish market, the Bait al-Baranda museum, the scenic Muttrah corniche, the gorgeous Al Lawatiya Mosque, the Jama Mosque, and the famous Old Muttrah Souk. Take the following tour to discover the most notable attractions in Muscat’s Muttrah.
Tour Stops and Attractions
1) Fish MarketThe fish market (fish souk) is located in the Muttrah port area and is one of its main attractions. The variety of fish and marine products sold there is enormous. Tourists flock to the market not only to buy fresh fish, but also to walk around and soak up the atmosphere.
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2) Muttrah RoundaboutOman has a number of wonderful roundabouts, often with marvelous constructions or striking figures. The Muttrah roundabout is one of such marvels, featuring a wonderful sculpture of two fish amid a fine fountain.
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3) Bait al-BarandaBait al-Baranda is a museum located near the Muttrah roundabout. Opened in 2006, the museum recounts the history of Muscat in an interactive way, from a hundred million years ago until the present day. It has geological exhibits, displays on primary life forms, human settlements and other interesting features.
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4) Mutrah CornicheThe Muttrah Corniche is a popular tourist attraction in Muttrah. It stretches along the harbor and contains pristine gardens, beautiful fountains, wonderful figures and sculptures. The scenic Muttrah Corniche provides an amazing view over the sea and the city.
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5) Al Lawatiya MosqueOfficially named Masjid al-Rasool al-A'tham (Mosque of the Great Prophet), this beautiful religious building is widely known as the Al-Lawatiya Mosque. It is a fine example of Islamic architecture with a striking mosaic-covered onion dome and blue minaret dominating the skyline of Muttrah.
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6) Gold SoukThe Gold Souk is an excellent shopping venue in Muttrah, located very close to the beautiful Al Lawatiya Mosque. Here you can find a variety of shops selling traditional clothes, original souvenirs, quality gold and silver jewelry, and much more.
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7) Jama MosqueJama Mosque is another beautiful mosque in Muttrah, which is found in Muttrah’s souk district amid prominent street markets. Reflecting the magnificence and beauty of Islamic architecture, the mosque is a very popular place of worship with Omani people.
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8) Old Muttrah Souk (Al Dhalam Souq)Al Dhalam (Darkness in Arabic) Souq is the local name for the Muttrah Souq. The Muttrah Souq is perhaps one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. 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. The market was a source of supply for Omanis where they can buy their needs in the 1960s when life requirements were simpler than today. Most of the goods were imported, in addition to local products like textiles, fruit, vegetables and dates. In the past the market was built from mud and palm leaves, which suit the high temperatures and the hard climate conditions and hence were the best available materials to build the market at that time.
Today, the Muscat Municipality has renovated and decorated the market to maintain the popular style but has also introduced modern amenities and redecorated the market heavily to attract tourists and make the shopping experience comfortable for tourists as well as other ordinary shoppers.
The market becomes more crowded and active during Eid seasons when Oman is come from all over the country to buy garments and jewelry. The main thoroughfare of the souk carries mainly household goods, shoes and ready-made garments. Further inside, you can enjoy the mixed smells of frankincense, perfume oils, fresh jasmine and spices.
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9) Muttrah FortThe Muttrah Fort is one of the oldest forts in Muttrah, which sits on a rocky hill and overlooks the town. Originally, this beautiful sixteenth century fort was built by the Portuguese during their occupation and was used for keeping prisoners. Visit its restored watchtower and enjoy the wonderful panoramic views of the city and harbor.
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