First of all, let me introduce you to a few of my new acquaintances, some charming fellows who I met at the Nizwa Goat Market.
Nizwa is a fascinating town, around 160 km inland from Muscat. It was the capital of Oman back in the 6th and 7th century, and it proudly displays its 17th century, and renovated, fort. Not far from the fort, is its souq, a place well known for its weekly goat market.
Early every Friday, men arrive from the surrounding area, together with their goats and cows, and a lively selling process commences. A circular track lies in the middle of the souq, with raised pedestals for potential buyers to sit or stand upon. The sellers parade their animals around the track, and the buyers inspect any animals they are interested in. Once an animal of suitable quality is found, the flurry of haggling ignites, followed by the swift exchange of banknotes to seal the deal.
To see this interesting event in local life, be there early. The goats hit the stage first, followed by the cows once most goats are sold. By 09:00 the action is diminishing, and it’s time for coffee and dates.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 18 December 2018
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