Bahrain Authority
for Culture and Antiquities

Suq Al-Qaisariya

Suq Al-Qaisariya (Al-Qaisariya Market) is part of the old Muharraq Suq which dates back to the dawn of the 20th century. Research suggests that Suq Al-Qaisariya actually is almost 100 years older, having formed the beginning of the 19th century and expanded over the years to meet the growing economic needs of the local populace in light of the stable economic, social, and cultural environment of the country during that time.

The suq is also an integral part of the Pearling Trail which was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2012. The trail stretches from the pearling sites located opposite of Bu Maher Fort to the Siyadi House and Mosque in the heart of Muharraq.

For a while, Suq Al-Qaisariya was an overlooked place that served only as a reminder of Bahrain’s pearling economy days. However, the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality Affairs and Agriculture and the Muharraq Municipality, took steps to revive the historic suq and restore it to its former glory, all while staying true to its original heritage and culture.

Unlike the suqs found in the eastern part of Muharraq, which normally propped up in the perimeter of its major mosques, Suq Al-Qaisariya was formed on the western part of the city, thanks in large part to the growing trade activities during the latter half of the 19th century, as well as the security  offered by the Bu Maher Fort, which is located in its vicinity.

During its formative years, Suq Al-Qaisariya had around 300 shops, from general trading to specialist pearling and dhow building establishments. By the end of the 19th century, trade activities went through a significant boom period after the East India Company chose Bahrain as a center to sell its goods, coupled with the rise of the pearling trade during this period of Bahrain’s history.

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