These traditional open markets are one of the most visited places, despite the opening of numerous air conditioned shopping malls in the country.
From large open areas, to forts and castle areas to under a tree, a habta market can be set up anywhere, and a habta market offers an Eid shopper all that he wants.
Be it foodstuff, livestock, clothes or toys for children, a habta market is the place to be. Little children dressed in their best attire look forward to visiting and experiencing the buzz of the market.
Traditionally, habta markets begin from the fourth day of Dhul Hijjah and continue until the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah.
The first habta market before Eid al Adha was held in the wilayats of Wadi Bani Khalid and Ibra in the Governorate of North Sharqiyah, Bausher in Muscat governorate and Bidbid in Dakhliyah.
The first market in Wadi Bani Khalid was held in the village of Khalidiya, then in Amq, Souq al Masalaha and Al Hawariyya.
These markets will continue until the seventh day of Dhul Hijjah. In Ibra, the markets will be held in the village of Thabti, Al Yahmadi, Safala and Aaliyah.
On the fifth day of Dhul Hijjah, markets will be set up in the wilayats Al Hamra and Nafaa in Bidbid wilayat.
On the sixth day of Dhul Hijja, habta markets will be held in the wilayats of Samail, Al Khabourah, Rustaq, Wadi al Ma’awel, Sur and Bidiyah in South Batinah. On the seventh day of Dhul Hijjah, these open markets will be held in the wilayats of Bahla, Seeb, Nakhal, Suwaiq, Barka, Jalaan Bani Bu Ali, Jalaan Bani Bu Hassan and Al Wasel village in Al Qabel.
On the eighth day of Dhul Hijjah, the markets will be held in the wilayats of Al Kamil W’Al Wafi and Al Qabel.
Seeb habta The habta market in the wilayat of Seeb will be held on Friday (August 9). For the first time, a habta market will also be held in South Ma’abela, behind the Mall of Muscat. A special event, titled ‘Al Ayoud’ will be held on the second day of Eid.
Sheikh Yahya bin Khamis al Ameri, chairman of the Main Committee, said, “A special event will be held on second day of Eid al Adha under the auspices of the Governor of Seeb. The event will includes several entertainment activities such as a heritage village, plays, folk games and a market for local handicrafts.
“The event aims at reviving Oman’s heritage and customs especially that of Seeb wilayat. Such events are also a way of fostering a spirit of cooperation and harmony among members of the community.”