Nizwa Souq

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Timings : 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : Free

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Nizwa Souq, Nizwa Overview

Located near the castle, Nizwa Souq will give you a glimpse of old Oman, with some sections having retained its ancient architecture and unrenovated structures. The souq has different parts depending on what you want to shop for; in the mornings you will see locals buying vegetables and meat. The rest of the souq sells unique souvenirs like taqiya caps, lamps and fresh dates. The market is a traditional Omani souq and is the best place to experience the local market and its runnings.

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  • Pottery: Stores laden with unique pottery made by the Nizwa folk, one can buy large water urns to little oil burners.
  • Fresh Dates: Buy fresh dates at the Date market behind the souq.
  • Frankincense Resin: An Omani trademark souvenir, Frankincense is sold in clay pots that are filled with the resin. This is a popular souvenir taken back home by tourists of Nizwa. 
  • Mats and Baskets: Woven products are common in Oman as they use these mats to have their meals over. Traditionally Omani dining settings show that a mat is placed on the floor, then the food vessels are placed over the mats and the family sits around this and have their meals. 
  • Mosaic Lamps: Arabian decor items are the best to add to any home setting and that's why Arabian mosaic lamps are a must-buy when in Nizwa. 
  • Taqiyah Skullcaps: A typical Omani attire for the men, the taqiya caps are worn for religious purposes. A perfect souvenir to take back home. 
  • Khanjar and swords: The carved dagger is a popular Omani accessory that was carried by the locals and is now currently seen in homes as decor.
  • Silver Jewellery: The silver accessories here are known to be the best in Oman and is a must-buy if one's looking for unique designs. 

Tips When Visiting Nizwa Souq

  • Dress conservatively as may locals visit the souq.
  • Entry is free except on Fridays, where the parking is paid.
  • Keep cash in hand as card payment isn't accepted everywhere
  • Make sure to reach early on Fridays to beat the rush

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