Juma Suq


Jumma Souk/ Friday Market/ Souq-Jumma

Wadi Kabir is famous among many foreign and local shoppers for hosting a weekly souk/ suq on Friday known as Souq Jumma or Friday Market.

When I first came to Wadi Kabir, I thought looking at the market from faraway, a congregation of women. (an illusion created by abayas/ burqas hung in the market). Eventually, I got used to going to this suq almost every week just to roam about.

The souq consists of Omani and Indian vendors who sell you from underwear to computers. It was very large in 2003-2005 but with the decline in purchasing power the market too shrinked. Vendors are provided with electric facility and sheds from the Mumcipality of Muscat. The souk consists of two larges sheds and an empty parking place to hold up to a hundred cars (yes they sell cars too)

This is famous among both Omanis and expats for many traditional and festive items are available at very low costs here.In Ramad'han season, the souk overflows with vendors coming from all regions with their goods like carpets, sheep, furniture, clothes and dates.

Even if you don't buy anything, just roam around and feel like a local with the simple life -- away from the mechanical life of apartments.


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Ali said...

ahh this brings back memories, I used to go there every Friday when I was younger on the way to Friday prayer in that small little mosque.. haven't been there in years though

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