Like Mutrah Souq in Muscat, it has been 'renovated' but retains some of its charm. Prices here a lower compared to Mutrah Souq but still over-priced. If you wish to buy silver, buy it from here. Lots of variety at reasonable prices. Good for a stroll. Nizwa souk has a lots of ancient things which are kept here a very long years ago. I got very good experience of ancient things. Not sure if this is the same place where the animals are sold on Friday mornings. We couldnt make it on a Friday so had to miss the animal sale and how chaotic it is said to be.
Do plan your trip on a Friday to witness the animal trade in the mornings, suggested to reach by 8AM. It takes about 90 minutes by road from Muscat. The shops close at 1PM for lunch. Not too sure what time they open after the break as we headed to Tanuf and Jibreen after this. The shops there have the Omani Khanjars, pottery items, souvenirs and the likes for sale. I bought some Omani Halwa from one of the vendors.
Well worth your time on a Friday morning!! It's definitely worth the visit to see what's for sale, and to try innumerable varieties of dates! Now it has been rehoused into modern, uniform, tearrcotta coloured units, which has taken away any pretence of traditionalism. The brightly painted trucks stacked high with goods from the East are also gone. The animal market still has some interest, but those reviewers who say "this is the way animals have been traded in Oman for centuries" clearly missed the line of cattle truck's in the car park.
Planning your trip to Oman, make sure that, while there, you have a free Friday! Wake-up early and head to Oman's former capital city of Nizwa, only one and half hour drive from Muscat, through a fantastic non-tolled highway. Since it is Friday, the holy day for Islam, Nizwa's souq is at its full activity, with the auctions of goats, sheeps and cows going on auctions occur only on Friday's mornings.
You may find It confusing and messy, but it is in Nizwa's souq that you'll find the real and authentic Omani spirit. Sellers and buyers shout out loud their offers, denials, acceptances. Deals are made and everyone is happy! And even us, fellow travellers, witnesses of old traditions kept in its basic essence up to our time.
The souq is predominatly a male area very few women are seeing around - girls dress accordingly, please - jeans are ok and shoulders covered and quite big. It is important that you walk around the whole souk and find omanis, in their dishdashers, buying their daily market necessities: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish And also buying pets: dogs, cats, birds, rabbits at the very best Omani's tradition which may not be yours Pottery, rugs, lamps, jewelry and arms are also available there.
Bargaining is part of Omani's way of life, so do negotiate! They expect you to do so, but in a nice and creative way. Nice also to see Omani fathers bringing their boys to the souk, like teaching them the art of buying and selling. Good luck and enjoy Niswa's souq, the most authentic souq I've ever seen!
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