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This souq runs off Al Dahab St and is the most extensive in the Kingdom. The market stalls cut into the heart of the old city and buzz with the activity of traders and pilgrims. Search long enough and you will find genuine Arabian jewellery, Islamic art and traditional dress. Be here at sunset when the call to prayer fills the lanes – this is Arabia at its best.
The atmosphere is especially cosmopolitan during the hajj season, and the municipality has made efforts to keep the souq clean and pedestrian-friendly. Bargaining with merchants is encouraged, so never settle for the price listed on the tag.