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A Visit To Riyadh Dates Souk – The DATE’s Market

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The Riyadh dates and fruit souk (market) is just off exit 14. It’s ‘the’ place to go for a Date connoisseur and get a natural sugar high!

Unique Experience

First-time visitors are guaranteed they will revisit the place. The trip is definitely worth the unique experience. 

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Location Of Riyadh Dates Souk

A large fruit and vegetable marketplace adjacent to the Riyadh dates market is called Souq Ar Rabwa. The directions, GPS location, and Google Maps location are at the end of this post.

Best Time to Visit the Riyadh Dates Market

The best time to visit the souk is late summer, when dates ripen and the produce is plentiful.

Early morning is the best time of the day to visit the souk. Shops open from 9 am until noon prayer and again after Asr’s prayer.

Dates, A Healthy Food

Dates are incredibly healthy in many ways. The health benefits deserve a post to explain all their excellent health benefits. Quran and Hadith mention the health benefits of dates. And the most sought-after (and expensive) Date is the Ajwa, from the Madinah

Ajwa is considered the most “potent” of all the date fruits in preventing diseases like diabetes and heart disease. The fiber-rich, soft Ajwa also aids in detoxing the body.

The Riyadh Dates Market Experience

Most dates at the Riyadh market are sold either by kilo or box. However, you can request a smaller quantity, and the vendors will gladly let you sample all the varieties available. 

At first, it can all be confusing. There’s just so much variety. Some dates are pure delicacies. Some to make juices, paste, flour, and syrup. There are infinite uses for the Date fruit.

 Dates are available throughout the year. However, fresh dates arrive during peak summer, July-August, as the dates ripen.

The four stages of a Dates Life

Dates ripen in four stages. Each stage has its unique Arabic name.

  • kimri is the unripe, green Date
  • khlal is full-sized, crunchy, and yellow
  • rutab is ripe and soft
  • tamr is ripe, sun-dried, and dark

The yellow Rutab is crunchy and a bit sour. These are the preferred sort for many people, but the sweeter and softer ones, Sukari are the most sought-after. 

Various Features Of Dates

Dates come in various sizes and a rainbow of colors, moistness, texture, ripeness, and sweetness. Bright red dates look very pretty and inviting, but a warning, these are incredibly sour!

Visitors to Riyadh’s date souk are welcome to sample the different varieties, and some vendors will offer some Arabic coffee to go with it. 

Negotiating the Purchase

It’s always a good idea to haggle at the souks. Vendors expect to negotiate a little over some Arabic coffee and dates.

The date season is best during the late summer when the fruits ripen and get their signature sweetness.


GPS coordinates: 24.695271, 46.779406

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