Two handred years ago dhows emptied their cargo at the entrance to Muharraq's historic Suq Al Qaisariya. One of the few to have survived in the Arabian Gulf region, this bustling traditional suq has been brought back to life through careful conservation.
The traditional markets of Suq Al Qaisariya have long played an important role in the urban fabric of Muharraq and Bahrain's pearling industry. Divided into sections dedicated to spices, incense, local sweets and household items, the market's original shops have been restored along with their distinctive architectural features, including wooden beams and palm-thatched ceilings.
The restoration project aims to boost Al Qaisariya's role in the marketing of traditional goods and handicrafts as well as promoting tourism on the island. A documentary film on the Suq's history will be shown in a traditional café to be built as part of the project.