The Dark Souq
There is conflicting information on the Internet about the correct local name of the Muttrah Souq.
Basically, it is known as the Dark Souq, because of the lack of sunlight that is able to permeate into it. It is said that shoppers once needed lamps to navigate their way throughout its laberinth of dark lanes.
Electricity helps with this now, as shops are lit with modern day lights. The lanes we walked were dark.
Muttrah Souq is claimed to be one of the oldest in the world and/or the oldest in Oman.
Here, again is conflicting information on the Internet.
We didn’t venture too far throughout this souq as it was dark and not busy, as is expected in a souq during the day.
We live in Qatar.
Our ventures into Doha’s Souq Waqif is more enjoyable in the early evening or at night when this city comes alive with cooler desert temperatures.
Souq Waqif abounds with energy as hundreds of locals and expats crowd the lanes, shops and restaurants found within . Most immigrate workers are discouraged from entering.
Muttrah Souq is located along the Muttrah Corniche on al Bahri Road.
The main entrance is visible, leading you into its labyrinth of lanes and shops within.
There, you can find a variety of local artisan gifts and treasures.