A visit to the popular Souq Al Thulatha is probably one of the best ways for visitors to Abha to learn more about the city’s culture and also about the Kingdom’s past. The fabulous ambience that a souq offers is truly unmatched. Abha is home to numerous legendary Asiri souqs, with Souq Al Thulatha being one of the more prominent ones. The souqs in the city are named after the day that they are held on; Souq Al Thulatha is therefore also known as the Tuesday market as it is held on Tuesdays. This Tuesday market also has a separate women’s souq run by female sellers for Muslim women. Visitors will be able to find a variety of interesting local souvenirs and treasures; to take back home as gifts, as well as traditional clothing, jewellery, food items and more. Apart from traditional items, tourists will also find a selection of Western goods being sold here.
Admission is free
Opening hours of the souq tend to vary. Generally souqs in the area open around 10 am and close for dhur, and reopen after Asr. Opening hours also depend on the season. It is therefore best to make inquiries regarding this at the hotel you are staying at.
1 to 2 hours
Adults, young adults, families, children, senior citizens
Explore the whole souq and look for bargains on traditional items
There may not be a mosque or prayer room in the souq, but Muslim tourists will be able to easily locate a mosque in the city of Abha, close to the souq.
Muslims visiting any part of Saudi Arabia do not have to worry about locating Halal food; as all the restaurants in the Kingdom serve Halal food. Tourists may be able to find a few vendors selling Halal snacks in the market. There are also numerous Halal restaurants located close by, which are known to serve a variety of cuisines.