Old Souk at Night


Al-Balad is the oldest section of Jeddah and is also where the oldest souks are as well. Every night, the old souks are full of people (mostly men) shopping – and this is where the best bargains can be found. One can buy gold, incense, herbs and other food items, clothing, shoes, electronics, household items – and the list is endless. On the right is an abaya shop which sells the long black cloaks that all women in the country must wear when they are out in public. On the top left you can see the old style latticed window coverings called Roshan. Nearly all the shoppers in this photo are men – there is a totally veiled woman in the lower left quadrant of the photo. Do you see her?

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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5 Responses to Old Souk at Night

  1. Party says:

    Hello Ms.Susie,

    Could you please suggest me where the area of shoes and footwear wholesales shops in jeddah?

    Thank you.

  2. It’s a bit like trying to find “Waldo”,but I see her…….You live in a very different world Susie but I still envy all the wonderful things you’ve seen and people you’ve met. i think you’re very lucky and blessed!Have a wonderful Ramadan,Chitra

  3. I do see her, but I had to look hard.

    (I put this comment on the wrong photo, silly me.)

  4. Kha says:

    This is beautiful! I envy that you were able to go there. The most similar thing to this that I have been to in Riyadh is Batha, but it is all wholesale!

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