Heritage, Shopping, Plaza/Street
English, Tamil, Malay, Standard Mandarin
Arab Street is one of the known streets in Singapore and also a neighborhood. It is mainly a street with shops for shopping. There are two reasons for the name given to this street. First, the area of this street was owned by an Arab merchant named Syed Ali Bin Mohamed Al Junied and secondly it was a site of the Arabs. The Javanese were the inhabitants of this place. The shops in this street are mainly of textiles, spices, basketry items, handmade crafts and songkoks. The street caught fire during the year 1889, and also received major destructions. In Tamil, it is also called as ‘Pukadai Sadkku’ which means flower shops street as there are many shops that sell homegrown flowers, lime and other products mainly by the Javanese.