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“Walk throgh arabian oldness”
Review of Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif
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Doha Express Private City Tour
Reviewed April 26, 2014

Souq Waqif or the standing market is a place example for olden Arabian market..
The Souq Wafif is located between Musherib street and Al Rayyan Road. The Souq is within walking distance from Doha Corniche.. This Place is a shopping destination for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. here also lots of restaurants serving cuisines from all over the word, like Arabian , Iranian etc.
Architecture of this Souq is like olden arabian style...

when we walking through this this place, we can feel, we are in an olden Arabian story... housands of people from across the region to this market to purchase traditional goods.

Thank Ajay K G
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

When people think of countries in the Middle-East they will no doubt think of the United Arab Emirates (which includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi), and possibly Oman and Saudi Arabia for polar opposite reasons. Not many people would list Qatar as a worthwhile country to visit in this part of the world. As such, I am always interested to hear stories from fellow travellers when they remark that they have stayed in Qatar. I wonder if, like me, they were fascinated by the change of pace here compared to Dubai, and by the more authentic Arabic feel in Qatari culture and lifestyle.

One of the biggest examples in the change of culture from Dubai to Qatar, and in its capital Doha especially, is the way Qataris go about their shopping and trade. During my short stay in Doha, I came across a street lined with markets. In this part of the world, these markets are called souqs. Of course, Dubai has its fair share of souqs, but many of them have become too commercialised and touristy, and as such the authentic feel has long since been washed off. Here at Souq Waqif in Doha, I found that, while there where certain elements that were played up for tourism, Arabic culture was much better represented, both in terms of the people and their purpose.

Souq Waqif literally means “the standing market” and is very famous in this part of the world. It sells all things from local spices to traditional handicrafts, to regional clothing to certain kinds of livestock. As such, there are many art galleries and boutique stores/stalls on display as the locals go about their business, as well as omnipresent restaurants and shisha bars which cater to both locals and visiting tourists. I in particular liked all the fabrics and carpets being sold, and although it was obviously not possible to fit anything in my backpack, I still thought about one day buying myself a genuine Arabic rug.

My hotel was within walking distance of the souq, although I happened to walk here from the Doha Corniche, after a morning sightseeing and walking along the coast. However, the souq is easily reached by public transport, and all taxi drivers know the area well. Whilst you are here, make sure you spend a bit of time in the souq to experience local cuisine, as there are so many types of local foods on offer it all made me feel a little like a kid in a sweet shop! In the end, I just stuck to what I knew and ordered some chicken shawarma.

Falcons are very popular in the Arab World, especially in Qatar. In the western world, we often associate dogs as being Man’s Best Friend, but in Qatar falcons are in fact the kind of friend man can not do without. In fact, within Souq Waqif itself, there is a dedicated falcon hospital and I saw many people go and in and out with falcon in hand, presumably just to give their prized possessions a check-up?

It is advisable to pair the visit to Souq Waqif with the Museum of Islamic Art, which is just a small stone’s throw away from the market action. Entrance to both attractions is free, and they both give you a great overview of Qatari culture and lifestyle. I would also advise to stay in the Souq area until after nightfall. This way you can see the place in both the unforgiving sun and in the slightly cooler dark, with the Souq lit up as tradesmen and women continue to ply their trade.

It made a great change to spend a few hours at Souq Waqif whilst experiencing this amazing Qatari tradition. It felt so much better to immerse myself in local culture here, especially after spending time in nearby Dubai with all its fancy shopping plazas and luxury brand warehouses.

2  Thank BackpackerLee
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

Didn't buy anything except food from the souq, however it was very interesting with the remodel to make it look very old style. Great atmosphere and a must for any westerners wanting to get a feel of the Middle East whilst in Doha. Just fun to walk around and soak up the environment.

Thank Rhain W
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Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

It was a nice place to hang around in doha.Can find coffee shops and restaurants.The food and beverages were good and reasonable price.Can see Doha policemen riding horses in between the shop lots while enjoying our coffee and tea.You can find almost anything under the sun here from spicies to swords.Its a best shopping place if you into unique local products.

Thank Sharul B
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Compared to other middle eastern markets, I found this to be relaxed and less frenetic. Of course there are lots of shops and things to buy but many wonderful coffee shops and restaurants. There was even plenty of street entertainment for the children.

Thank Debbie H
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