Arab Street was the name of a road and neighbourhood in Singapore. Spices, textiles, basketry items and songkoks are sold along this row of shophouses with five-foot way at Arab Street. In Tamil, Arab Street is known as pukadai sadkku, because of shops selling homegrown flowers, lime and other goods sold by Javanese women. In 1889, a huge fire occurred.It is also tied to the preexisting situation at the time of the nation’s founding by Sir Stamford Raffles. When Raffles was planning the outline of areas to be allocated for the government, as opposed to commercial and residential use, a community of Bugis seamen and merchants were already near the Sultan’s palace. He therefore allocated the area to them, near where their boats were sheltered in the river, bringing their annual cargo to a barter basis. That is how the name Bugis Street came about. The Arabs and other Muslim traders were also allocated to areas near Kampong Glam.