Outside of the wall, on the eastern side and close to a sandy beach, an entire Arab village was built during the final years of the Turkish Occupation. It was called "Xalikoutes" (Bedouin). The people were poor. They were dock workers and worked in the marketplace at jobs not desired by the locals. In Turkish the area was called Koum-Kapi (The Gate of Sand) inspired by the Venetian gate next to the beach. This gate still exists.
Today, this area is one of the most developed in the city. It is very popular during the summer when thousands of visitors gather here both to sample the very good restaurants and cafes that the area offers and to enjoy the one-of-a-kind sea view.