Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Haraj, Jeddah: The Place to Be?

It was 5 p.m., yet it was still very hot. The wind blew gently around us, carrying the desert sand along with it. You could hear their cries as they called for customers to see their displayed merchandise. “Wonly 5 Riyals, wonly 5 Riyals,” screamed a nearby vendor. You could even see a pulsating vein in his neck as he shouted with all his might to attract customers. I supposed he meant “only 5 Riyals”, but no one seemed to care. This was a different world - different from the classical view in the malls of Jeddah; this was Haraj, the place where you could get any used item at a bargain price. 

Some people called it the modern jungle and I now understood why. In some places, merchants had piled up clothes in heaps: scarfs, blouses, trousers, skirts, and shirts were all piled high. Other merchants displayed their merchandise in a different manner. Some hung clothes on hangers while others displayed them on handmade mannequins. Shoes were thrown on the market floor, and a customer had to sweat through the process of selecting a pair of his or her choice. 

Crockery and cutlery were displayed on stalls, but these seemed to have been picked up from the ocean floor. At first glance, one would wonder whether anyone would want to buy such dirty-looking stuff for use in their homes, let alone for use at the table during meals. Yet, people were scrambling to get their share of the goods. 

Electronic items were displayed in a much more orderly manner. Television sets were wrapped in transparent plastic films and well arranged on stalls. However, flat screens did not share this luxury, and most of them were placed on the market floor, where customers could take their pick. Although most of them were covered in dust and cobwebs, merchants reassured their customers that they were as good as new and needed just a quick wipe to come back to life. 

Haraj is the ideal place to shop for people who have low incomes. Clothes, electronic products, furniture, tools, and anything else that you do not find in the malls, you could get them here – and at a very good price. However, before venturing there, you must be prepared to sweat it out to get what you really wish to purchase.


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  3. hi, kindly tell me the street name of HARAJ. thanks

  4. Hello Anonymous and thanks for visiting. Unfortunately, I'm not very good at retaining street names, but I can tell you that you have to pass through Old Makkah Road, take the service road that leads to Television Street (you have to be watchful because you can miss the sign), and drive right to the end, where you'll get to Al Mahjar. From this point, a kind driver can direct you to the street to Haraj. Hope you find your way!

  5. Hi there! just want to know if Haraj Market is the same one with they call Sawarikh Market? Thanks!

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