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Ramadan is a special month for Muslims all over the world, and the local markets or bazaars are one of the most important traditions during this time. These markets are characterized by cultural and traditional activities, where vendors sell delicious food, unique crafts and other products. In this article, we will explore the 16 best Ramadan markets around the world that are characterized by culture and traditions, including those in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria, by mentioning the opening times for each of them. These markets are:


1. Grand Bazaar Market (Istanbul, Turkey):

This bazaar, one of the largest in the world, dates back to the 15th century and has more than 4,000 shops selling everything from spices and sweets to fabrics and jewellery. The market also includes a special section for selling jewelry such as gold and silver, where you can purchase the most beautiful goods at attractive prices. This is in addition to a section for brass antiques and handicrafts that express the ancient Ottoman history (for history lovers in particular). The market also contains a section for hand-made fabrics and carpets with the best materials, in addition to the presence of the finest genuine leather goods such as bags and shoes. During the month of Ramadan, the market is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.


2. Ramadan Night Market (Dubai, United Arab Emirates):

With over 300 vendors, this market is one of the largest in the world. Visitors can enjoy traditional Emirati and Middle Eastern food, as well as live music and entertainment. This temporary market welcomes you over the course of 10 days from the 9th to the 18th of April, where a large group of retailers from different parts of the region display products that reflect the diverse cultures. A wide variety of goods and products that highlight the creativity and skills of local craftsmen and craftsmen await you. Attending this annual exhibition is free of charge, so do not miss visiting it if you want an unparalleled shopping experience during the holy month. The market opens from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am.



3. Ramadan Market (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

This popular market has more than 400 vendors selling traditional Malay and Middle Eastern foods, as well as handicrafts and clothing. What catches your attention in these markets is that they are not limited to Muslims only, as they gather Malaysians of different cultures, beliefs, and sects. You find non-Muslim Chinese, Indians, and others in them who respect the feelings of Muslims during fasting, so they abstain from food and drink in public places. Going to the bazaars is one of the activities that families or friends do in Malaysia, and it is a kind of enjoyment of the special atmosphere of Ramadan. One of the oldest of these bazaars in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, is the Dhakampong Baru Bazaar, which has been held since the fifties of the last century, and is a well-known shrine for state officials, politicians, and famous artists and intellectuals. The market opens from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


4. Jama Masjid Market (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

This market is located near the historic Jama Masjid, and it is characterized by traditional Malaysian handicrafts, that is, in this market you will find all the Malaysian crafts that you can imagine and some of these crafts represent the Malaysian civilization, in addition to halal food, so there is no fear for Muslims here at all. The Jama Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia, as it is very old and distinctive, especially as it is distinguished by its charming Malaysian character, and it is sufficient that it includes a charming market that attracts Muslims from all over the world. The market opens from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


5. Wosi Market (Abuja, Nigeria):

This crowded market turns into a Ramadan market during the blessed month, where vendors sell everything that a person desires, from food to clothes and household items. It is worth noting that the food sold here is halal food, so do not be afraid to eat here at all. The market is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.



6. Khan El Khalili Market (Cairo, Egypt):

The clothing stores in this market lead the majority of visits, especially the popular clothing stores, as they reflect images of the heritage and culture of this city and are characterized by beautiful colors and embroideries. Women’s and men’s clothing stores. The Khan El Khalili market in Cairo competes with many other markets in the city, because it offers everything that visitors are looking for in the market, as it includes stores that specialize in selling shoes and stores that sell a beautiful assortment of bags. This historic market in the heart of Cairo has been a center of trade for centuries. During Ramadan, the market is decorated with colored lights and vendors sell traditional Egyptian sweets and souvenirs. The market is open from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.


7. Zainabiya Market (Manama, Bahrain):

The clothing stores available in this market offer everything you might think of as a shopper. Here you will find women’s clothing stores, men’s clothing stores, and children’s clothing stores. However, only the traditional clothing stores in this market will reflect the culture of this city and present it in the most beautiful way, so do not miss visiting it. Be sure to see some of the distinctive leather goods in the Bab Al Bahrain market, as the place includes a group of shoe and bag stores that offer a wide variety of leather goods. Located in the heart of Manama, this traditional bazaar houses vendors selling everything from clothes to food and jewellery. The market opens from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm.


8. Tariq Street Market (Karachi, Pakistan):

This popular shopping district in Karachi turns into a bustling Ramadan market during the holy month, with vendors selling a variety of merchandise such as clothes, food and home décor. The clothes vary between silk textiles and embroidered fabrics. As for the food, it varies between the Pakistani cuisine that characterizes this country, and all of these foods are halal foods suitable for Muslims. The market is open from 12:00 noon to 12:00 am.


9. Hijaz Market (Saudi Arabia):

One of the modern markets that opened recently, and the Hijaz market is located in the Aziziyah neighborhood near the Peace Market and the Aziziyah market. At acceptable prices, and of good quality, it also contains many shops selling fabrics, clothes, shoes, perfumes, and cosmetics, as well as many international brands such as The Body Shop, Nayomi, Mango, Nectar, Mikyajy, Filletery, and Lipsy. Fashion, the lamp, gold shops, etc., in addition to the famous restaurants. This market opens from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.


10. Souq Waqif (Doha, Qatar):

This busy market is located in the heart of Doha and offers a variety of traditional food, handicrafts and souvenirs. Visitors can also enjoy live music and performances. If you love to cook, you should not miss the part that is located a few steps away from the main entrance of the market off the Doha Corniche. You can buy saffron, sumac, sweets, honey, dried flowers, and other things here. Souq Waqif also includes the Gold Souq, which is a separate building with more than 40 shops specializing in fine jewelry. Whether you are looking for necklaces and earrings, sparkling gemstones, and quality pre-owned watches, you will find it all in the market. The market opens from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.


11. Bab Doukkala Market (Marrakesh, Morocco):

This market in Marrakech is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. It offers a variety of commodities, including spices and food (since Morocco is characterized by spices that are found only here), in addition to delicious Moroccan foods, the most important of which is “couscous”. In addition to the silk and woven fabrics and traditional Moroccan pottery that characterizes Morocco. The market is open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.


12. Food Market (Tunisia):

The city of Tunis is an important center of trade and industry, where the markets were active in Tunisia, and goods were exported to the countries of the Mediterranean. . This traditional market is located in the heart of the Medina in Tunisia and is famous for its spices, perfumes and traditional Tunisian crafts. The market is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.



13. Mohammedia Mall (Algiers, Algeria):

One of the most important commercial centers in Algiers, with a distinctive engineering design consisting of 11 floors and includes a huge gathering of goods, brands, entertainment facilities and restaurants, as well as organizing entertainment activities and cultural events. Merchandise prices are generally high. Working hours: It opens daily from 09:00 to 00:00 at night. It is one of the most important markets in Algeria, as it attracts tourists from all over the world.



14. Hassan II Mosque Market (Casablanca, Morocco):

The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco, is located on the coast of Casablanca and is the largest mosque in Morocco, Africa and the thirteenth in the world. Its minaret is Andalusian in nature, 210 meters high, and it is the highest religious building in the world. You can visit and see the mosque, as it includes a prayer hall, an ablution hall, a Quranic school, a library and a museum. This market is located near the magnificent Hassan II Mosque and offers a range of traditional Moroccan goods, from fabrics to pottery and spices. The market is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.



15. Souss (Souss, Tunisia):

Sousse is one of the most famous tourism cities in Tunisia, which is characterized by a wide range of markets and recreational activities. When we talk about shopping within the jewel of the coast, we must mention the flavor of activities in the city, as it enjoys several local industries, including the manufacture of antiques, silverware, crystal pieces, and others, and in the following lines we will get to know Sousse markets, which are characterized by the quality of their products at reasonable prices. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its traditional markets offering a range of goods, including leather, fabrics and jewellery. During the month of Ramadan, the market is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.


In short, Ramadan markets are an important part of the cultural experience during the holy month, and these 16 markets offer a variety of products that reflect the local heritage and culture. If you are planning to visit any of these markets, be sure to check the opening times before you go, as these times vary between different countries and cities. In addition, visitors can enjoy other Ramadan atmospheres, such as iftar and suhoor at local restaurants and participate in the many cultural and religious events that take place around the world during the holy month. In the end, visitors to the Ramadan markets can enjoy the unique cultural experience and get a flavor of the local heritage and culture. So, plan a trip to one of these wonderful markets and enjoy an unforgettable Ramadan atmosphere.



Translated By: Nasser Al Turk

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