Welcome to the world’s most beautiful, um, fish market. Japan might have the biggest – Tsukiji, in downtown Tokyo – but the world’s most stylish? Thanks to the design smarts of Norwegian architects Snøhetta, it might just be in Oman, where the recently rebooted Muttrah Fish Market has caught the attention of the world’s design press for its retro-futurist refit of what was, by most accounts, a pretty dismal – and now demolished – predecessor.
Now fully operational and with a rooftop restaurant, the market is a landmark where trade and tourism can converge, say the designers. The project is part of a broader buffing up of Oman’s tourist infrastructure. A new $1.8 billion airport opened in March that, according to figures published by Arabian Travel Market 2018, will see double-digit tourism growth between now and 2021.