Bahrain will tonight open its biggest ever traditional souq, which organisers forecast will attract up to 20,000 people a day, it was reported.
The 18,000sqm souq will open at the historic area of Hunniniyah Valley and will feature 80 indoor and outdoor stalls selling traditional clothing, perfumes and scents, food and handicrafts, according to a report by the Gulf Daily News. Set to be the biggest of its kind in Bahrain, it will operate at weekends from 9.30pm until midnight.
"At the moment, exhibiting products is free and we want to attract as many merchants as possible to the market, which is also located in a unique historic natural site in the middle of the governorate," municipality director-general Asem Abdullatif was quoted as saying. The municipality said it had spent BD25,000 ($66,313) setting up the stalls and it was the result of three years of development.
“We are very proud the market will now open to the public after three years of waiting and our aim is to make it permanent," said council chairman Mohsin Al Bakri. "The 20,000 people expected daily is a huge number, but we are ready," he added.