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Souq Waqif Oriental Bazaar in Doha

Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif is one of the most atmospheric places in Qatar. Here you can not only find national Qatari clothes, souvenirs, spices, perfumes, but also have a nice time in one of the many restaurants and cafes.

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Overview of Souq Waqif

Products in one of the shops at Souq Waqif market

Throughout the year, various festivals and exhibitions are held on the territory of Souq Waqif: from honey fairs, to theatrical, acrobatic and musical shows, wrestling championships and equestrian dressage.

History

You can even buy Dhow boats at the Souk Wakif market

The history of the Souq Waqif Oriental bazaar dates back several centuries.

Initially, the market started from the port embankment, where goods were delivered from all over the Middle East. Sellers traded on the shelves, and the first permanent shops were built here about 250 years ago.

The market got its name because of the flooding from the Persian Gulf: whatever it was, the bazaar always remained and existed in its place. Waqif means "Standing" in Arabic.

In 2003, most of it was destroyed by fire, after which work began on its restoration in 2006. Despite the modern buildings and underground parking that appeared in 2008, the market has completely preserved its historical appearance.

Restaurants

One of the restaurants in Suk Waqif

There are many restaurants and cafes on the territory of the bazaar. It is quite free in the daytime, but in the evening you should be prepared for the fact that there may not be free places in some places.

Falconry Bazaar

Sale of birds at the Souk Waqif market

There is a separate part of the market called the Falcon Bazaar. This is the so-called "bird market", where you can buy not only birds, but also pets, and even thoroughbred Arabian horses.

How to get

Pleasant streets of Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif Bazaar is located in the very center of the city, next to the modern Msheireb district.

There is a Souq Waqif metro station of the same name near the market.

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March 27, 2024

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