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Hajj is a time for haggling too

This BBC News article discusses the buying and selling in Mecca that occurs this time of year.  The article does a good job of mentioning that Mecca has long been a central trading hub.  I was surprised by the description and photo of the Mecca skyline, which is now dominated by several luxury hotels.  And my favorite part of the story is the confident Jordanian, who feels his countrymen are the best at haggling.

“We Jordanians are quite good at this. We look at something we like, but we don’t buy it right away. We go and have a look at other shops and get things at the price we like,” he says.

“Prayer rugs and presents for his family advertised at 10 riyals, I could get for five,” he says.


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