Even though Muttrah Fish Market had reopened on June 24 it had witnessed little movement as a result of the closure of Muttrah Souq. With the Supreme Committee’s decision to reopen the souq on Tuesday, however, the area is abuzz with activity and fishermen are hoping that it will revive their business.
Fish sellers and fishermen have hailed the decision to reopen Oman’s most-loved tourist spot. Fahd al Wahaibi, a fisherman, said, “We are very happy with the decision to reopen the souq because it will help increase movement inside Muttrah and attract many customers to the fish market, as well.
Muscat Municipality has taken steps to fumigate the entire area in addition to educating fish sellers about the COVID-19 guidelines, like wearing masks and keeping hands and shops sanitised.
Khalid al Amri, a fish vendor, said, “We were not affected much by the decision to close Muttrah Souq because we had the chance to provide fish to supermarkets and other companies. But for sure, our sales will see a boost with the opening of the souq.”
Nasser al Hosni, who had come to buy fish on Wednesday, said. “Fish at the market here is very good because the prices are competitive and the fish is fresh. They bring fish directly from the sea. I hope people adhere to health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Salem al Balushi, another visitor, said Muttrah Fish Market is known for its cheap prices and the variety sizes of fish it offers.
“All of us must adhere to health measures to avoid the spread of the virus,” he added.