The Qaisariah souq, a two-century-old story woven by Al-Ahsa people

Inside Qaisariah Souq, one of the most famous historical markets in Saudi Arabia which was built in 1822 AD-1238 AH and was later overhauled in 1334 AH. (SPA)
Updated 05 February 2019
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The Qaisariah souq, a two-century-old story woven by Al-Ahsa people

  • The market was built on high ground and its shops have dakas (terraces)

JEDDAH: The Qaisariah souq is one of the most famous historical markets in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is located in the Al-Rifaa district in Al-Hofuf city, in Al-Ahsa province, rich in historical sites including palaces, towers, mosques and traditional markets.
According to historians, the market was built in 1822 AD-1238 AH and was later overhauled in 1334 AH during the reign of King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud (may God have mercy on him).
The Qaisariah souq consists of more than 422 shops and is distinguished by its architectural designs of closed corridors and elevated roofing. This offers the visitors good ventilation and natural light while walking in the market, and enables them to have a better grasp of the ancient heritage of the Eastern Province. The market was built on high ground and its shops have dakas — terraces — to protect it from rain and water in the streets, and to provide the visitors and customers with a place to sit in and take their time to examine the merchandise.
Other features of the Qaisariah Souq are its “kabnaks,” furniture put on the doors of its shops. A kabnak consists of three pieces, two of which are set on the floor for shop owner to sit on and to store rice and coffee in their drawers, while the third piece is fixed on the wall above his head.
This traditional market plays a vital economic role in the economy of Al-Ahsa, which has enjoyed a pivotal position in the Kingdom’s economy since early in its history.
This is reflected in the structure of the Qaisariah Souq with its branches, its traditional industries and its products.
These include copper, leather and footwear industries, in addition to gold, watches, perfumes, textiles, clothing, carpets, accessories, traditional abayas, household furniture, electrical appliances, household utensils, foodstuffs and money exchange shops.


Tabuk military exhibition: Jump in, buckle up and take off

An aircraft cockpit fitted out with PlayStation DR technology will allow visitors to share the experience. (SPA)
Updated 16 February 2019
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Tabuk military exhibition: Jump in, buckle up and take off

  • The Royal Saudi Air Force is offering the activity as part of the third Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing, inaugurated on Thursday

JEDDAH: It is one of the most demanding skills in modern combat.
Now visitors to a military exhibition in Tabuk will get the chance to command a fighter plane and take part in a simulated air battle.
The Royal Saudi Air Force is offering the activity as part of the third Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing, inaugurated on Thursday.
An aircraft cockpit fitted out with PlayStation DR technology will allow visitors to share the experience of fighter pilots taking off and joining in supersonic aerial combat.