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Souq Waqif

Al Souq, Doha, Qatar
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Stay, Eat, Shop, Bargain at Souq Waqif Doha  Qatar
Stay, Eat, Shop, Bargain at Souq Waqif Doha  Qatar
Stay, Eat, Shop, Bargain at Souq Waqif Doha  Qatar
Artful Rugs Doha  Qatar
Guiding Lights Doha  Qatar
Shopping Doha  Qatar
Shopping Doha  Qatar
Shopping Doha  Qatar
Shopping Doha  Qatar
Enjoying the sights and sounds of a Qatari market Doha  Qatar
Watching Life go by From a Roof-top Cafe Doha  Qatar
Watching Life go by From a Roof-top Cafe Doha  Qatar
Watching Life go by From a Roof-top Cafe Doha  Qatar
A New Market that Looks Like a 19th Century Souq Doha  Qatar
A Place to Buy the Qatari National Dress Doha  Qatar
Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha Doha  Qatar
Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha Doha  Qatar
Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha Doha  Qatar
Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha Doha  Qatar
Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha Doha  Qatar
Stay, Eat, Shop, Bargain at Souq Waqif Doha  Qatar
Stay, Eat, Shop, Bargain at Souq Waqif Doha  Qatar
Stay, Eat, Shop, Bargain at Souq Waqif Doha  Qatar
Artful Rugs Doha  Qatar
Guiding Lights Doha  Qatar
Shopping Doha  Qatar
Shopping Doha  Qatar
Shopping Doha  Qatar
Shopping Doha  Qatar
Enjoying the sights and sounds of a Qatari market Doha  Qatar
Watching Life go by From a Roof-top Cafe Doha  Qatar
Watching Life go by From a Roof-top Cafe Doha  Qatar
Watching Life go by From a Roof-top Cafe Doha  Qatar
A New Market that Looks Like a 19th Century Souq Doha  Qatar
A Place to Buy the Qatari National Dress Doha  Qatar
Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha Doha  Qatar
Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha Doha  Qatar
Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha Doha  Qatar
Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha Doha  Qatar
Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha Doha  Qatar

Stay, Eat, Shop, Bargain at Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif is one of the top tourist destinations in Doha and one of the most traditional markets in the region. A hundred years ago, this was the place where the Bedouins traded livestock, spices and general goods, but now, the old souq has been restored and the new one looks like a 19th-century Qatari market, with mud shops, exposed wooden beams, antique shops, modern art galleries, a wide variety of restaurants, and divan-like outdoor cafes to smoke shisha and drink chai-karak, the local tea. This is the perfect place to look for traditional Qatari clothing for men and women, spices, antiques, pearls, and oud--an incense as well as a perfume made from agarwood. The market is patrolled by the Heritage Police Officers who wear uniforms from the 1940s and ride regal Arabian horses. As any traditional market, bargaining is expected. Most of the shops in the souq close around 1pm and reopen at 4pm, but the many cafes and restaurants remain open all day.

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over 4 years ago

Artful Rugs

As part of our visit in Doha, we made sure we did not missed visiting this market "SOUQ WAQIF" Leisurely walking along the market seeing all the vibrant movement of people, admiring all the different things around the market. People were just happy walking along, some were sharing good drinks, and smoking hookah? But what we enjoyed the most was when we ended in one corner where we saw two women seating and busy weaving this fabolous rugs patiently. Some of their finished rugs were hanging on the wall and some were simply layed on the ground so you can see the intricate work done beautifuly with their own hand. Prices were not cheap but you can understand the hours they spend to create one piece. We just can't leave without buying even for just small one to take it home with us.
over 4 years ago

Guiding Lights

These jewels of lanterns hung though the art galleries in Doha’s Souq Waqif pull in almost as many shoppers as the air conditioning does. The small gelato place behind it is a hidden treasure well worth the hunt.
AFAR Local Expert
over 2 years ago

Shopping

One of the top tourist destinations in Doha and one of the most traditional markets in the region. A hundred years ago, this was the place where the Bedouins traded livestock, spices and general goods, but now, the old souq has been restored and the new one looks like a 19th-century Qatari market, with mud shops, exposed wooden beams, antique shops, modern art galleries, a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, and divan-like outdoor cafes to smoke shisha and drink chai-karak, the local tea.
AFAR Local Expert
over 2 years ago

Enjoying the sights and sounds of a Qatari market

Souq Waqif: In Doha, all roads lead to Souq Waqif, one of the top tourist destinations in Doha and one of the most traditional markets in the region. In essence, it is a recently restored old souq, made to look like a 19th-century Qatari market, with mud shops, exposed wooden beams, antique shops, modern art galleries, a wide variety of restaurants, and divan-like outdoor cafes to smoke shisha and drink chai-karak, the local tea. This is the perfect place to buy some oud, a type of perfume derived from the dark and fragrant resin of the agar tree, said to be the most expensive timber in the world. Souq Waqif is a great place to find small tolas of cheap but fragrant oud. For more expensive tastes, every shopping mall in Doha has a few oud boutiques with prices varying according to the type of wood used and where the tree was grown. Since oud oil’s value is estimated to be 1.5 times the value of gold, and it is sometimes referred to as ‘liquid gold, the buyer of the highest quality of oud needs to have a lot of money to burn.
AFAR Local Expert
over 2 years ago

Watching Life go by From a Roof-top Cafe

Souq Waqif: Walking the narrow alleys of souq waqif in the evening, feeling the cool breeze, hearing that hodgepodge of Arabic dialects and music, and inhaling the scents of spices and food, is one of the most memorable experiences in Doha. If you are not hungry and just want to unwind and people-watch, get to Le Gourmet, the roof-top café with the best apple, mint, strawberry, and grape shisha flavors in town. Order a cup of Moroccan chai and be tempted by their array of traditional deserts freshly produced in-house. Now relax.
AFAR Local Expert
over 2 years ago

A New Market that Looks Like a 19th Century Souq

Souq Waqif is without a doubt one of the top tourist destinations in Doha and one of the most traditional markets in the region. A hundred years ago, this was the place where the Bedouins traded livestock, spices and general goods, but now, the old souq has been restored and the new one looks like a 19th-century Qatari market, with mud shops, exposed wooden beams, antique shops, modern art galleries, a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, and divan-like outdoor cafes to smoke shisha and drink chai-karak, the local tea.
AFAR Local Expert
over 2 years ago

A Place to Buy the Qatari National Dress

No matter what you are looking for in Doha, chances are, you’ll end up in Souq Waqif. The place is not only good for Middle Eastern restaurants, henna artists, shisha cafes and antiques; the souq is also the ideal place to buy oud (incense and perfume) and any of the traditional forms of Qatari national dress. For women: the long black cloak is called abaya; the traditional day dress is a djellabia; the head covering is called shayla. For men: the long white tunics are called thobes, the crocheted or embroidered cap worn under the headdress is called gahfeya; the white or checkered headdress is called ghutra, and the black ring that holds the headdress in place is called egal. Now that you know the names for everything, go get yourself a national dress.
AFAR Ambassador
7 months ago

Guided Tour of Souq Waqif with Embrace Doha

Walking through the Souq with a local was my most heart and soul warming experience in Qatar.

Amal Al-Shammari, born and raised in Doha, met us at the entrance of Souq Waqif. She walked us through all corners of the market and introduced us to sweets, herbs, perfumes, you name it. Knowledgeable, charming, and fun, Amal answered all questions thrown at her, that, to be perfectly honest, didn't all have to do with our immediate experience at the Souq. It was one of those truly authentic experiences that we, at AFAR, describe as 'getting off the tour bus and sitting at someone's kitchen table'. For the first time in Qatar, I felt that I caught a glimpse of the depth of Qatari customs and life. It was very cool.

Amal Al-Shammari comes from a big traditional family of Bedouin heritage. She works in a leadership position at a local oil and gas company, and founded Embrace Doha , a company that aims to bridge the cultural divide between east and west in Qatar. Embrace Doha can help you experience Qatar away from the obvious, just get in touch with them.

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