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Souq Waqif

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| Bounded by Al-Souq St & Grand Hamad Street, Doha, Qatar
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All reviews traditional market old market gold souk shops selling market place old style for sale lots of restaurants local culture nice place must visit place walk around visiting doha spicy souvenirs shisha pets
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were very excited for this landmark but were a bit disappointed. The market is full of life and trendy and rich in culture. However it has limited classy dining options. Despite being among the major attraction of the city, credit cards are not widely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mrmustafa
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I enjoyed it until I save an animal section where small puppies and cats and other animals were kept in a tiny cages... I could not go there.. to have a look.. Qatar is such a beautiful rich county and to see animals being treated...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Adrianka89
Reviewed yesterday

Spend a Friday night walking the downtown and going through the souq. I had a 16 hr layover with Qatar Airway so I took the 747 airport bus for 10 QTR dinhars which included round trip airport transport. Fast and frequent buses. Easily done. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fpalmtree
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is an amazing place for walking and shopping, the food there are nice and tasty, it is a variety of almost everything .... from culture to modern all will be there

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Walid S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Many restaurants and coffee shops you can see old shops in qatar as it was in old days of qatar. its nice place to visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nahed66
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Souq wagif has spirit n good memories for all Qataris. One day it was the only market available. Now its changed totaly it become tourist and recration area and become a place which should b visited by all. Tourist rank it as number one to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting walk ways with different smells and walks to areas. From spices, pets, materials garments. One can just sit and have a drink at the various cafe and see the world go by.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank karanss
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a fantastic place, full of atmosphere and a great market for buying all sorts of things from gold and spices to birds and bracelets, traditional scarves and sumptuous sweets. Lots of stalls, lots of restaurants, absolutely buzzing on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank samwhayjen s
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took a stroll with my wife and young daughter to explore this hidden gem. Great experience walking through the querkly narrow street ways with all the vendors with their goods displayed. Traders are not pushy and you can just browse at leisure. Numerous restaurants to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Simply1206
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is great to stroll in the Souq and get a feel for the local life, at least how it used to be. It is great to see the traders, what they offer and how the deal. The spice shops were especially interesting whereas all...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 3, 2018|
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Response from Constantin61 | Reviewed this property |
Between 4 and 6 om, when it's crowded. The crowd gives charm to the Souq. Should be time enough for a brief visit. Regular January temperatures are around 20-25°C. Enjoy!
November 22, 2018|
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Response from aslam4ninja | Reviewed this property |
There is no timing for the souq but its shops will close very late on weekends (thu, fri, sat). Normally 10 to 11 Pm qatar time.
October 31, 2018|
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Response from Louise C | Reviewed this property |
Weather not too bad at this time of year. There is a lot of cloud and also a nice breeze - but still fairly warm. It is dark after 5pm and I think the souk opens at around 4.30 to 5pm. I think you will have time to visit... More
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2 Day +Qatar Stayover (7 Replies)
Hi, I have a 2 day layover in Doha in December. We are 2 adults and kid (4 yrs). I am confused about the hotel to pick as part of +Qatar, between Westin and Souq Waqif. Could anyone please help as to which would be better in terms of location, comfort, exploring doha, food options ( we are vegetarians). Also, I have 2 days to explore. From the research I did, looks like below areas are must visit. Anything apart from these or something which needs to be removed and is not doable? Souq...More
October 11, 2018|
Response fromBeast666|
<<Westin and Souq Waqif.>> As a hotel Westin is much better comparatively, Souq has better location <<Anything apart from these or something which needs to be removed and is not doable?>> On way to or back from Pearl you can stop over in Katara. <<Are the above achievable or too much to do in 2 days with a kid?>> Its doable, only beach is a bit away, others are close by. <<Also any malls which are must visit?>> Festival...More
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Taxis in Souq Waqif (4 Replies)
I will spend one day and half in Doha in July. I was considering if it is easy to find a taxi in Souq Waqif, in order to choose an accomodation: in particular, I know it is always possible and fast to catch a limo of an international hotel to Souq Waqif but I don't know if it is so easy to find a cab for the way back to the hotel... Has the Souq a taxi pick-up point or something like that? Otherwise I would choose an accomodation in the heart of the Souq like Souq Waqif Hotel. Another...More
April 25, 2012|
Response fromGeorge09822|
Hi Fiemmese, Yes you can get a taxi at Souq Waqif without any issues even back to your hotel. I am not sure if there is a taxi point or not, but because that area is a commercial district getting a taxi will not be an issue at all. I don’t think it is advisable to walk from Souq Waqif to Pearl Qatar which is about 16 KMS and that to in July, the hottest time in Qatar. You definitely can walk from Souq Waqif to the Islamic Museum without any issues as it is a 1 KM walk. You need to...More
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Transit in Doha for going 12 hrs and return 14 hrs (7 Replies)
Will be travelling to Milan on April via Qatar airlines, the transit time for going will be 12 hrs ( arriving 12PM to 00:55) and coming back will be 14 hrs (arriving 5:05 to 20:00). wondering what I can do to maximize my transit time in Doha. Planning to visit Souq Waqif on first visit and on return goes to Museum of Islamic Art, is the timing suitable?Appreciate if there are suggestion, Rgds ab
March 06, 2012|
Response fromrku140|
HI, Thks for the info and suggestion. Will be transiting at Doha on Thurs, and coming back on Sunday the following week. Suggestion looks good. Rgds, ab