\ˈsük \
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Definition of souk 

: a marketplace in northern Africa or the Middle East also : a stall in such a marketplace

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Get our daily newsletter The desire to do business has long been present, its history visible along the creek in old Dubai where the souk boasts frankincense from Oman and saffron from Iran. The Economist, "Do buyHow Dubai became a model for free trade, openness and ambition," 21 June 2018 Every couple of hours, the awnings are retracted, the metal tables are rolled back, and a giant locomotive crawls through, parting the souk like Moses at the Red Sea. New York Times, "Taking to the River in Thailand," 10 Apr. 2018 Stalls laid out in the souk within Marrakesh’s old city, the Medina. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "The Exotic—and Chaotic—Medina of Marrakesh Lures Home Buyers," 2 May 2018 The shop is just outside the souk walls, near Dar Bacha. Nancy Hass, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Designers of the YSL Museum Are Bringing Minimalism to Marrakech," 16 Oct. 2017 The Israeli army eventually moved into the old souk area and surrounded the Church of the Nativity. National Geographic, "The Little Town of Bethlehem Has a Surprising History," 23 Dec. 2017 But in 2012, the souk was consumed by a fire that broke out during a battle between Syrian forces and insurgents. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "25 Images Capture at-Risk Heritage Sites of the Latest World Monuments Watch," 19 Oct. 2017 Dubai's gold souk in Deira, a large tourist draw, has not been without its controversies. Selena Randhawa, CNN, "Gold rush: Why the Indian wedding season is a boon for Dubai," 16 Oct. 2017 Souk of Aleppo The world has watched the destruction of Syria, and can do something to repair the damage by rehabilitating the incomparable souk at the heart of the city. Ben Ryder Howe, Town & Country, "The World Monuments Fund Adds Civil Rights Sites in Alabama to List of Endangered Places," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of souk

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for souk

Arabic sūq market

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