A bazaar is The Word for market

In Middle Eastern cultures, a bazaar is the word for market, and is a permanent marketplace area where locals can shop for various goods and services. This is comparable to shopping malls in western cultures, except a bazaar does not necessarily have to be indoors, and is in fact usually an open-air marketplace. The goods and services are not limited to just food or transportation, but can actually extend to clothes, appliances, craftsmen, and even bankers. The creation of new capitals (and subsequently new empires) of the Muslim World rose through the rise of large bazaars and stock trading centers. Many capital cities were founded along trade routes and bazaars.

Bazaars are still located in some countries in the Middle East and Asia. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Bangladesh still have bazaars that thrive and provide the locals areas to shop, mingle, and eat. All the bazaars at these locations may not be the typical open-air shops and have become a bit more modern and western. Some are integrated underneath hotels or apartment complexes, or have open-air shops and shops on the sides and bottoms of buildings. These provide areas for cars to access as well as pedestrians by having wider roads and distances between the shops.

Clothing bazaars are popular even in Western countries. Often times, it is much more difficult to find Middle Eastern clothing in these countries, so natives of those countries gather together and hold shopping events in a bazaar style, or visit areas made to be Little Indias (or something similar for other countries). Shopping events are usually held around the time of religious or cultural holidays, such as Eid or Holi. These events allow people to get together with friends and family and enjoy the day and night with cultural foods while having the perks of shopping.

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