Daily Archives: October 24, 2008


The sight awaiting you as you enter Muttrah Souq from the direction of the nearby mosque

Talal, the friendly shopkeeper of “Muttrah Heritage“. (Tel-24715414 GSM 96419177)

Talal showing me different Khanjars for sale at his shop. The brown khanjar on the left is made of camel leather and the handle of camel bone. You can buy Omani antiques, khanjars, necklaces, mujmers, coffee pots, silver, copper, brass and framing items.

These are just a few of the many khanjars for sale.

There are many cute perfume bottles for sale as well!
Muttrah Souq is one of my new favorite places for hanging out in Muscat. Such a wonderful feeling to the whole place. The locals seem more accustomed to having foreigners snapping photos which makes it great for photo-taking maniacs like myself! Muttrah Souq! I’ll definitely be back. Oh, yeah!

MUSCAT in the Words of Geographers and Travellers

“Muscat is well worth taking an interest in, it conceals unexpected charms for those who have an open, enquiring mind.” (Louise Beguin Billecocq-Wife of the French Consul in Muscat

“The origin of the name is “maskat”. It is the port for trading with Sohar. The vessels coming from India, Zanzibar and the north used to anchor in Maskat.”
(Ibn Al Mujawir-Iraqi geographer (13th century))

“Muscat is a bay, like which there is none in the world. It is the bay of Oman where vessels are loaded all the year round. It is a cape located between two towns. It has fresh water and its people are humble and they like foreigners”.
(Ahmed Ibn Majid-Omani navigator (1490))

“In their behaviour, both among themselves as well as with strangers, the Omanis are very polite, friendly, generous and obliging. They love virtue and bravery”.
(Robert Padbrugge-Dutch East Indies Company (1672))

“One great distinguishing feature of Muscat is the respect and civility shown by all classes of its inhabitants to Europeans. the Arabs of Muscat, as far as their manners go, are very civilized”.(James Silk Buckingham-English journalist (1816))

The Beauty of Muscat

By day…

And by night…

I see the moon
And the moon sees me.
God bless the moon
And God bless me!