Why do fires recur? The story of “Souq Al-Saqouqat,” the most famous popular market in the Kingdom


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The missile market in Jeddah is gaining great popularity, as it is the largest popular market in the Kingdom.

The market is located on an area of ​​more than 9 square kilometers, and hundreds of thousands of people visit it during the Hajj and Umrah season, in addition to its residents, which makes it one of the most prominent landmarks of the city.

The establishment of this large market dates back to about 30 years ago, making it one of the oldest popular markets in the Kingdom.

It includes about 26 commercial complexes, and embraces about 15,000 stores.

In addition to the presence of about 10,000 furnished stalls on the ground that include various types of commodities, with the presence of a thousand shops selling iron supplies, scrap and used tools.

From the needle to the rocket

And the huge variety of products that it includes gave the opportunity to those wishing to purchase all their supplies from one place.

Home furnishings, ready-made clothes, electrical appliances and foodstuffs, in addition to selling materials and exchanging used goods.

The market is divided in the form of close squares that facilitate its visitors to move between electrical goods, clothing, and furniture to furnishings and gifts, in a smooth manner through corridors that accommodate the crossing of vehicles and pedestrians.

This helps shoppers to reach the last point in the backyards, where old equipment and household utensils are sold.

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Naming secret

The market, which is located in the Al-Mahjar neighborhood in the south of the city near the port of Jeddah, was given this name from a model in the form of a missile of the road leading to the popular market.


About 40,000 people work in the market, and it witnesses severe crowding during the month of Ramadan, Eid, and the Hajj and Umrah season.

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Frequent fires

But in addition to its huge popularity in the Kingdom, the name of the huge market has become almost frequent in the news headlines at frequent intervals due to the fire incidents that it witnesses.

The last of these incidents occurred on Thursday evening, when a fire broke out in the missile market, which the Civil Defense Forces rushed to put out without causing any injuries.

On December 2, 2022, the Civil Defense put out a fire in commercial stores in the missile market in Jeddah.

The Civil Defense said on its Twitter account at the time: A civilian in Jeddah put out a fire in commercial stores in the missile market, which resulted in the death of a person – may God have mercy on him.

On July 19, 2020, the General Directorate of Civil Defense mourned the death of one of its members, Sergeant Muhammad Abdullah Al-Thaqafi, as a result of a fire accident that occurred in the missile market.

And with the recurrence of fire incidents inside the missile market, many citizens demanded the concerned authorities to study their causes.

In order to prevent its recurrence in the future, and to avoid human or material losses in the future, especially since it has become a destination for thousands every day.