During our stay at Muscat, the capital of Oman, we went to visit a ‘Suq’ for the first time. A Suq is some kind of Arabic market held at very tiny streets, only accessible by foot. Some of them are ‘over-arched’, others have open sky.
Walking through it gives a real special feeling and looks something like this:
Because Muscat isn’t filled tourists, this market doesn’t make you feel like all the market owners are trying to rip you of. The majority of the shoppers were local people so it was nice to blend in and enjoy the walk. Although I didn’t buy anything (don’t have room left in my bag anyway) it was very nice to see the different parts: Gold market, Clothing market, Household materials market, Gifts & Souvenirs Market, etc.
Some parts are nicer than others but you can really have nice time there, just by watching the whole scenery.
Apparently there are Suqs in every major Arabic city, but this is where I visited my first!