Old Souk

The old souks, or markets, of Jeddah are located in the oldest part of town called Al-Balad. Many of the buildings are crumbling and are in peril. Fires are common in this area because of shoddy electrical workmanship, much of which is juryrigged. The window coverings, called Rawasheen, are all made of wood. In its heyday, the Rawsheen was very practical as well as attractive, but sadly today much of it is in disrepair. The ground level of the buildings houses businesses and the upper levels provide housing. Nowadays the inhabitants are among the poorest residents of Jeddah. The more affluent have moved out of this area and into newer districts.


About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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One Response to Old Souk

  1. sf says:

    I love the feeling of Souks!! It gives you the *feeling* of experiencing how the *older* version of the generations, before the Malls used to shop 🙂

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