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Souq Waqif

Between Musherib street and Al Rayyan Road, Doha, Qatar
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Ranked #1 of 10 Shopping in Doha
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Shops
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Sydney, Australia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The souq is impressive and covers a large area. To make sure you don't get lost, there is a tourist information centre on the main street in the souq (note - also great air con) that will provide directions and maps of the souq. The souq itself is very interesting with a large variety of things to see. There are... More

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Arlington, Texas
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29 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The Souq is simply fantastic. Everything you 'need' from a trip to the Middle East. Some culture, hand-made artistry, plenty of regional restaurants, both ultra high-end and inexpensive shopping, people watching, boutique hotel, etc, etc. As for getting around in the Souq, it will take several trips to find all the nooks and crannies. My recommendation is to start in... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Most depressing place I've ever seen. The poor animals! I won't be back here ever and I strongly recommend that no one else goes here, unless you want to support horrible animal cruelty

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Having travelled in many Middle Eastern countries, I can find places such as Doha and Dubai, lack the excitement and culture of places like Amman and Musqat. However, when I visited Souq Waqif, my opinions changed slightly. Souq Waqif is a new development which is made to feel 'old' and 'traditional' by its design. If you can get past that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I come to this place (with friends) during winter season. I like to enjoy my coffee/tea under the sky but I can't really enjoy it sitting outside when it's too hot and humid 😕 I like the cafes and restaurants, esp. Turkish and Malaysian. Also, I like seeing different faces from different places. A must visit when you're in Doha!

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Doha, Qatar
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is the place where locals and visitors often meet mornings or evenings to enjoy the nice traditional type souq ( market) shops and coffee shops, boutique hotels, restaurants etc...This placd is always packed especially during weekends wheb it is advised to book restaurants well in advance. Everything is old style and traditional. You can also buy antiques and traditional... More

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Linkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We first made the mistake to visit the souk at 3 PM. It was completely dead. It was hot as in an oven and no place to buy water. Finally we found a decent Lebanese restaurant and had a very good late lunch. We returned at 8 in the evening and it was another place. Lots of shops and activities.... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I am western oriented, and was passing by, so my visit to Doha was coincidental and transit. None the less it's one of the most uninspiring developments I have seen.perhaps to far from my reality, the souk is mostly covered by fake tourist shops and non alcohol restaurants. Interesting, but slightly scary was women's market and mosk. I have no... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Souq Waqif is an amazing place. A market in the open with hundreds and hundreds of shops that are open every day until late! Its a must go for everyone visiting Doha and for everyone who loves to see the local culture up close!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

What a beautiful and mesmerizing cultural center in Doha. With only window shopping, one can probably walk the entirety of the market in 30-60 minutes. Be sure to travel the winding inner passage ways, and definitely take your time entering the nice boutiques. As you might expect, items at this market are priced higher than at other areas of town.... More

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