The pedestrian alleyways, which ranged in width from 1 to 2.5 meters, penetrated throughout the town like the twigs of a tree. One dead-end alley was only 60 centimeters wide. Even the smallest plot of land had to have some access to an alleyway. Major alleyways acted as distributors and continued to penetrate the residential quarters for more than 300 meters until they intersected another major alleyway. In contrast, smaller ones that branched off major ones were much shorter in length averaging between 50 and 100 meters in length. Dead-end alleys, or cul-de-sacs, were even shorter and averaged no more than 30-50 meters in length.
The narrow section of these alleyways was such that they were mostly shaded during sunny days thereby providing a comfortable and cool passage to pedestrians during hot summer time. The proportion of width to height was sometimes more than 1: 6. Houses of the traditional style never had large windows on their external alleyway walls. For reasons of privacy, only small ventilator openings were placed at high levels of these walls. There were also few windows on upper floors- unlike many traditional Arab and Islamic towns where many projecting \"Shanashils\" or \"Mashrabiyas\" distinguish upper floors and overlook alleyways. Thus, the appearance of these alleys was largely of solid brick walls punctuated occasionally by colorful doors.