Muttrah Walk, Muscat

Muttrah, an administrative district within the Muscat province, is a formerly major commercial hub of Oman, boasting one of the largest harbors and sea ports in the region. The city's fish market is one of the city's main attractions. Other landmarks include the Bait al-Baranda museum, the scenic Muttrah corniche, Jama Mosque, and Souq Muttrah, a traditional bazaar. To explore the most notable sights of Muscat’s Muttrah in more detail, take this self-guided tour.
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Muttrah Walk Map

Guide Name: Muttrah Walk
Guide Location: Oman » Muscat (See other walking tours in Muscat)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Author: leticia
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Fish Market

1) Fish Market (must see)

The 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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Muttrah Roundabout

2) Muttrah Roundabout

Oman 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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Bait al-Baranda

3) Bait al-Baranda (must see)

Bait 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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Mutrah Corniche

4) Mutrah Corniche (must see)

The 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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Al Lawatiya Mosque

5) Al Lawatiya Mosque

Officially 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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Old Muttrah Souk (Al Dhalam Souq)

6) Old Muttrah Souk (Al Dhalam Souq) (must see)

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 sun-rays 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.

Operation hours: Saturday - Thursday 9 am - 9 pm; Friday 9 am - 1 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Jama Mosque

7) Jama Mosque

Jama 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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Gold Souk

8) Gold Souk

The 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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Muttrah Fort

9) Muttrah Fort

The 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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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Muscat for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Muscat has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Muscat, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.