Most tourists and holidaymakers who come to Riyadh tend to
visit the Moaiqaliya Souk before they leave the capital city. Located in the
heart of Riyadh, this market is distinguished for its shops that sell both
traditional and modern goods.
"The market is located away from the din and bustle of
the city. Elderly people who will not find all their requirements in big malls
can find them in Moaiqaliya," said Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, a shopper.
Many visitors go to Moaiqaliya to purchase oud, oud oil, and
other perfumes as well as mishlah, a kind of overcoat, and various types of
clothes and readymade dresses, he said.
"People often visit this market to see a variety of
goods being displayed, including very essential commodities. My family wants to
visit Moaiqaliya whenever they go to Riyadh," said Al-Ghamdi while
speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette.
He said people could purchase quality products in Moaiqaliya
at low prices. "This is one of the distinctions of this market and this is
why many people visit the place.”
Salim Surouri said the market was famous for oud and oud oil
as people can get high quality products there.
Surouri said visitors would be able to find most of their
requirements in Moaiqaliya including mishlah, sweaters and high quality igal
(head gear), which is an essential part of Saudi men's wardrobe.
"Holidaymakers will enjoy the smell of the past when
they visit Moaiqaliya, which is filled with enchanting aroma of oud and oud
oil. Whenever I visit Riyadh I find time to visit the souk in order to purchase
my various requirements, especially oud and oud oil," Surouri told Okaz/Saudi
Mohammed Al-Saghir said the market lacked some essential
services required by visitors such as parking. He urged the municipality to
provide such services and keep the market neat and tidy, especially during
vacations when a large number of people visit Riyadh. – SG