By Adela Eileen
Since early civilisation, bazaars have been present in communities around the world, playing a vital role in their economic growth, while bringing people together to have a good time. Bazaars (or as we call them in Oman, souqs) are true contributors in the progression of a nation, and in Oman, we have our very own farmer’s market that takes place on Saturday mornings known as Souq Es Sabt.
This open-air, winter marketplace comes to life seasonally, and takes place every Saturday morning until the afternoon, occupying the outdoor space of The Walk at Almouj.
Inside the market, there are a variety of offerings for the visitor to experience, items such as organic produce, home-based businesses, clothing, handcrafted gifts, homemade baked goods, and a small section for kids activities are all on offer.
Filled with excitement, we stopped by a few of our favourite stalls, which included the Baghdad Bakery, a duo of mom and daughter selling homemade baked goodies; the Zwaina Souq, where you will find lovely items for your next travel gifts; and the passionate home bakers at the Toral who had a number of impressive desserts.
All the way from Saudi Arabia was the Moonlight Kitchen, a stall that inspires and believes in healthy eating with the right amount of indulgence. I quite loved the various flavours of labneh.
From the Indian kitchen, the heirlooms pickles were not to be missed, so were the mustard pickles.
Don’t forget to say hello to the cute little girls selling lemonade and cheese sandwiches.
Apart from these, Cooper, Bella’s Bakery and Kitchen, Masterchef Oman, Crossbridge Coffee, and Craftirina were all occupying stalls at the souq, as well as Asian food and many more who have been periodically taking part in past years.
The souq has two season one started from 3rd November and will conclude on 15 December, and the other one will take place from January to February.
Visit Souq Es Sabt:
Location: Almouj (The Wave), Al Hail, Seeb
Timings – 8:30am to 2:30pm on Saturdays.