Speaking about the Arab countries, it is impossible not to mention the traditional oriental bazaar, simply called «suk». The term «suk» means that part of the city that is dedicated to trade and other commercial needs of the inhabitants, and is synonymous with the word «bazaar» found in Persian. In small settlements, «suk» refers to the spontaneous trade carried out in certain places every week, when local tribes conclude a temporary peace to exchange surplus goods. Nowadays, Arabs use «bitch» to refer to the market as an economic term.
In addition to the main bazaar, each urban area has its own, quarterly «bitch». Initially, the market was located outside the city walls, on the route of caravans, and merchants who passed by brought goods there. The sale and exchange were accompanied by various festivals and amusements, the visitors were entertained by dancers, singers, storytellers, etc. Similar bazaars are still found today, playing the role of cultural festivals. As the population increased, bitches grew, transforming into permanent markets in the central part of cities. Large markets are divided into many small, highly specialized markets — spice market, fish bitch, textile, etc. Only the traditional atmosphere of the Arab markets remained unchanged — lively conversations, fun, rivalry between merchants for buyers, friendliness of sellers, and, of course, an indispensable feature of the East — the need to bargain over the price!
Guests and tourists visiting Arab countries must visit «souk» — after all, this place is full of oriental flavor and exoticism, here everyone can choose something to their liking for themselves and their friends. The standard set of souvenirs includes various boxes, coffee sets, trinkets made of wood or precious metals.
The narrow streets «suka» are occupied by small shops, workshops of local artisans, where, right in front of your eyes, craftsmen will make a personal handmade gift that exists in only one copy, as well as warehouses, etc. The market has a well-developed infrastructure of service and leisure, there are also cult structures — mosques. Traditionally, craftsmen and traders of the same profile are located in close proximity to each other, warehouses are built near the shops. The central part of the market, as was customary in the old days, is reserved for the richest traders and artisans, and on the outskirts of the bazaar more modest and low-paid specialists are huddled, respectively, and prices for goods there will be lower. This should be taken into account if there is a desire to purchase an exclusive, but want to save money.
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