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Shopping Around in Egypt -The Khan El Khalili


Volume I, Number 6

December 1st, 2000

The Khan el-Khalili

ByJimmy Dunn



This month I am helping Juergen out by writing the Shopping Review. It seems almost strange that we have not covered the most well known Egyptian market so prior to this issue, but the Khan el-Khalili is exactly that. So well known is it, that most people simply refer to it as the Khan (market).

Most tour groups will probably end up at the Khan, as it is a stated destination of most agendas. Yet this is not just any market, but one of the most historic of any market in the world. Founded by the Emir Djaharks el-Khalili in 1382, this khan was responsible for developing such a stranglehold on goods moving from the Eastern world to the West, that it is directly responsible for the discovery of the American continent. The spice markets in the Khan, a monopoly controlled by the ruling Mamluks of Egypt, forced explorers such as Columbus to find alternate routes for goods coming from the East.

Even today, the Khan el-Khalili is not strictly an Egyptian market, nor is it a a market for Tourists only. Indeed, goods from all over the world seem to arrive here, and amongst its alley ways and off streets, one will find more Egyptian shoppers then tourists, buying everything from American jeans to fine gold jewelry.

Of course, we have several resources about the Khan el-Khalili on Tour Egypt, so we will opt to provide a few address for additional reading and leave you with a few pictures of items offered by at the Khan.

Khan el-Khalili egyptian bracelets

Khan el-Khalili pharaonic jewelryKhan el-Khalili pharaonic jewelry in gold and silver.

The Khan is well know for its selection of both inexpensive, and expensive Jewelry in gold and silver.

Khan el-Khalili egyptian clothes

Khan el-Khalili egyptian leather with pharaonic drawings on it

A surprising amount of leather, from Egypt and elsewhere.

egypt silver which is known with excellence

Egypt Silver is known for its excellence.

Khan el-Khalili essential oils more than any place on the world

More essential oils then one will find just about anywhere else in the world.

Khan el-Khalili Water pipes are everywhere, and in every shape and size.

Water pipes are everywhere, and in every shape and size.

Khan el-Khalili is full of unusual lamps and decoration for your home

Find a few home decorations your neighbors are not likely to duplicate.

one of the fine arts in Khan el-Khalili, a man riding on a horse

Egyptians are well known for their artistry, and many fine pieces may be found in the Khan.

Egypt is known with its fine art glass

Glass has been an art of Egypt for hundreds of years, and surprising bargains can be found.

Khan el-Khalili have the egyptian music instruments

Add that unusual instrument to your Rock and Roll Band.

The Egyptian women Accessorize

Accessorize like never before.

pharaonic different pieces of art

some pharaonic pieces in Khan el-Khalili

Khan el-Khalili t-shirts which represent places in egypt.

you can pick the best Souvenirs from Khan el-Khalili

There are no shortages of Souvenirs and T-shirts

A Kid in Ancient Egypt By Ilene Springer
Foods of the Gods: Part I - Wine in Ancient Egypt
By Dr. Michael Poe, Phd.
Ramadan in Egypt
By Sameh Arab
Editor's Commentary
By Jimmy Dunn
Ancient Beauty Secrets
By Judith Illes
Book Reviews
Various Editors
Kid's Corner
By Margo Wayman
Cooking with Tour Egypt
By Mary K Radnich
Hotel Reviews
By Juergen Stryjak
Egyptian Exhibitions
By deTraci Regula
Nightlife
Various Editors
Restaurant Reviews
Various Editors
Shopping Around
By Jimmy Dunn
Web Reviews
By Siri Bezdicek

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