Nizwa Souq 2009



Nizwa Souq 2009

The Friday market of the Nizwa souq attracts hundreds of visitors each week. The livestock market, where sellers parade their animals in a circle in front of potential buyers . . . and many tourists!

The Friday market is an old tradition in may communities with families coming to the regional center to sell livestock, handcrafts and farm produce before Friday prayers. The Friday market is an attraction of many of the cities in Oman though the Nizwa market is spectacular.

In addition to the livestock market, there is fresh and smoked fish, freshly butchered mutton, chickens and a very large building reserved for fresh produce. The market now includes several shops with items for tourists.

Hidden in the complex of the new market building is the last remaining section of the original souq, the area sometimes referred to as the spice souq. Here merchants sell their produces much as has been done for hundreds of years.


The livestock souq is
a very popular attraction


The souq is now covered


Goats and cattle were on
sale the morning of our visit


A film crew and dozens of
tourists joined the
buyers and sellers


The Friday market is a feature
in most central communities


Sellers parade their
livestock before buyers


Date palm spathes (male
pollen) and spring onions


The crowded market


Fresh smoked tuna


The fish mongers


Well in the spice souq


Part of the old covered souq


Many of the shops in the old
souq are closed


Merchandise piled in the
narrow corridors


The variety of merchandise
is amazing


One of the original doors
leading to the old souq


The souq gates are closed
to secure the merchandise


Inscription on the old gate


Detail


The old tree where the men
congregate to sell rifles


Dozens of rifles, ammunition
belts are for sale


One of the old ammunition
belts for sale


One seller estimated the
cartridges to be 50 years old

 


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