For many, Amman’s bustling Souk Al Abdali, or Friday market, is a quintessential stop for house ware, clothes, shoes, random electronics and even vegetables and fruits. Frequented by Amman’s local and expat communities, Souk Al Abdali is a neighborhood staple, named after the area which it has resided since 1988. From above, the souk looks like a smothering of colored candy wrappers, representing the different stalls and plastic tarp covers vendors use to protect their wares, but from within, the souk is a teeming, sensory-overload market known for its lively atmosphere and quality items for bargain-worthy prices.
Our photographer, Sami Haven, visited the souk this week, before it officially changed its location on October 10 from Jabal Al-Weibdeh (Abdali) to Ras Al-Ain due to over-crowding, poor organization and general safety concerns. Though many are shocked and disheartened by this news, we feel confident that the new location will bring with it a slew of new vendors, safer shopping conditions for all visitors, and a new opportunity to create an equally enjoyable community atmosphere in the heart of Amman’s historic downtown area. Let the bargaining continue!
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