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One of the things I look forward to the most in Ramadan and I long to do it is to visit the Ramadan markets and discover local foods, as this makes me feel the atmosphere of Ramadan. I like to start Ramadan by visiting the traditional markets and talking to the sellers. The markets in the month of Ramadan have a special joy and a charming feature. What makes me feel the atmosphere of Ramadan most in these markets are the lanterns hanging in all parts of the markets. These lanterns give me a special and magical feeling. In this article, I will tell you the 10 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.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.


5. 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.


6. 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.


7. Old Jeddah Market (Saudi Arabia):

The most important of which is Qabil Market. The market stands on both sides of Qabil Street with no less than 58 shops, to be together one of the most important popular markets in Jeddah, the most famous of the old Jeddah markets, the highest annual financial income, and the most attractive to tourists as well as residents. It provides products from different industries with high quality, such as clothing, leather goods, and handicrafts. Gold, household supplies, and even food and sweets. It also includes exchange shops. In addition, it is one of the most important markets in old Jeddah.


8. 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.



9. 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.


10. 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.

For me, the 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. I always plan to visit the traditional Ramadan markets in various destinations with the aim of discovering a new Ramadan atmosphere. What attracts me most from this atmosphere; Breakfast and suhoor in local restaurants and participation in many cultural and religious events that are held around the world during the blessed month. In the end, I love enjoying the unique cultural experience and getting a flavor of the local heritage and culture. So, I plan a trip to one of these wonderful markets and enjoy an unforgettable Ramadan atmosphere.


Translated By: Nasser Al Turk

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