But children are back in school in this town of some 40,000 people, a health clinic has reopened and business is picking up at the souk , or market.
The streets were nearly empty, and the metal shutters on the Arab stalls in the souk were shut tight.
The focal point of any Middle Eastern city is the souk , or marketplace, a labyrinthine space of alleys, stalls, and tiny shops that also include ancient mosques and shrines.
Of course an essential part of any visit to Marrakesh is a trip to the souk , the market, the vast complex of covered streets and alleys that rambles with its own logic north from the Djemaa el Fna.
Manama has modern buildings and wide, tree-lined roads as well as an older section with a traditional souk , or marketplace.
Its souk , or market, is huge, maze-like and intimidating, but you can pick up bargains.
His son-in-law is the chief cook who does the shopping in the souk early in the morning.
It is reported that one day he passed through the suq of Madinah and naturally saw people engrossed in the business of buying and selling.
There seems little of the chaotic revelry that typifies many other Arab souks .
I have spent more than my fair share of time in the souks of Africa and the Middle East.