Best experienced with a local guide, get a feel of how Salti people go about their days, and truly take in the Salti lifestyle in all its magnificence. This walking tour takes you through some of the town’s best attractions and experiences.
Walk in a local’s shoes and experience a variety of flavors, colors and textures of As-Salt’s daily life. Get a feel of how Salti people go about their days, and truly take in the Salti lifestyle in all its magnificence. This walking tour takes you through some of the town’s best attractions and experiences:
The journey starts with a visit to one of the most beautiful, historic houses in As-Salt. The Abu Jaber House is a beautiful mansion, representing the era of prosperity in the city at the end of the 19th century. It has been converted into the Historical Old Salt Museum, showcasing the history of the golden age of the city.
Take in all the colors, smells, textures and sounds of Al Ain Plaza: As-Salt’s old down town. You are now surrounded by Hammam Street, Al-Eskafyeh stairs and Al Khayateen stairs. Enjoy a game of Mangaleh while you’re here; the most famous game in As-Salt, passed down through generations.
The Great Mosque, which was once the oldest mosque in As-Salt, was originally constructed in the 13th century and was later rebuilt in 2007 in Al Ain Plaza, the center of the city, reflecting a mix of modern and traditional architecture. As a town that appreciates interfaith coexistence, the stairs of the mosque lead to the church of the Good Shepherd. From the mosque’s glorious minaret, you can hear the soothing call to prayer resonate across the city.
Savor the taste of traditional bread of As-Salt, Shrak, baked with old-style tools that were used throughout history.
Get a true taste of the local scene at the farmers’ market with independent local shops selling fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms.
Shop intricately-made silver and gold jewelry at the jewelry market, where you can find handmade accessories and authentic designs.
Hammam Street has been the main shopping district in As-Salt for over 150 years. Built between 1881-1884, Hammam Street is a pedestrian zone, paved to resemble the old main street.
Al-Eskafyeh Street is a short street that connects Hammam Street to Al Khader Street. Eskafi means shoemaker in Arabic, where the role of the shoemaker doesn’t just exist in children’s books: he is still very much in business on the Al-Eskafyeh stairs, making and repairing shoes.
As-Salt has preserved and supported its independent business owners, holding on to its economic originality with different sweet shops, butchers, perfumeries, nuts shops and spice shops.