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Yemen: Bait al Faqih

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Bait al Faqih | Yemen | Asia

[Visited: May 2004]

It was only 6 am and I was soaking wet with sweat when I walked to the taxi station in Al Hudayda to go to Bait al Faqih. The taxi filled quickly and soon we were on our way. I was left at a junction since the taxi continued further South and took a ride on a motorcycle to get to the market. It was a Friday, and the Friday market of Bait al Faqih is one of the biggest and most interesting in Yemen. Since I would continue to Zabid later on, I carried my backpack on my back while I explored the market. Soon, I was absorbing the delights of the market and I forgot about my bag.

Picture of Bait al Faqih (Yemen): Calebas on Bait al Faqih market

The Bait al Faqih market is mainly fresh produce from the region, but I also saw other things for sale: extremely old TV sets, clothes, calebas, baskets and other items. I walked on and came to the sheep market. Although I didn't fancy buying one, it was still an enjoyable place to be. The men, sellers and buyers, in mostly white dresses with Arafat-like clothes to cover their heads, the sheep and goats tied to a tree, to a car, not knowing their fate, and the sellers and buyers discussing the best deal.

Picture of Bait al Faqih (Yemen): Selling grains at the Bait al Faqih market

From there, a short walk took me to the cow market, where beautiful brown and slender cows and bulls were waiting to be traded. Whenever I thought I had seen the market, I would find yet another alley, another square, another area where more items were being sold. After a few hours of walking in all corners of the market I realized that sweat was running down on all sides. I desperately needed a drink, and I decided it was time to go.

Picture of Bait al Faqih (Yemen): Bait al Faqih market: calebas for sale
Picture of Bait al Faqih (Yemen): TV sets for sale on Bait al Faqih market
Picture of Bait al Faqih (Yemen): Street scene at Bait al Faqih market
Picture of Bait al Faqih (Yemen): Animal market of Bait al Faqih
Picture of Bait al Faqih (Yemen): Scene of the Bait al Faqih market
Picture of Bait al Faqih (Yemen): Cow market in Bait al Faqih
Picture of Bait al Faqih (Yemen): Butcher in Bait al Faqih market
Picture of Bait al Faqih (Yemen): Detail of spice market in Bait al Faqih

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