Arab Street is NOT a street, but a neighborhood in Singapore. It is located in Kampong Glam, Singapore downtown. This place offers a very different ambiance from the rest of the country, as it has retained most of its Muslim traditions and heritage.
|Arab Street - Not a street, but a neighborhood comprising at least a dozen streets|
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|The Dome of Sultan Mosque, painted with golden color|
|An old carriage in Malay Heritage Center|
|Hookah, popularly known as Sheesha in Singapore is the highlight of Haji Lane|
|Mannequins in Arab Street are adorned with traditional hijabs|
Oil Based Perfumes: Oil based perfumes are very important in Malay culture. Islam prohibits alcohol, therefore Muslims do not use modern day perfume. These traditional perfumes are made from flowers, leaves, fruits and herbs. Their fragrance lasts longer because it does not contain alcohol and does not evaporate. Perfume was an ancient invention which began in Egypt, but Arabs played a key role in improving the field. You can find plenty of oil based perfumes in Arab street at a bargain price.
|Traditional Muslims use oil based perfumes, as modern day perfumes contain alcohol|
|Which one are you going to try? Singapore Sling or Tiger Beer?|
Before visiting Arab Street, please take a look at Little India and Chinatown as well. These three neighborhoods provide an extraordinary vision into the history and heritage of Singapore.