Souq Waqif in Doha

Souq Waqif in Qatar

One of the must visit places is Souq Waqif in Doha, where you will find the cities best items for sale and the best place to hang out. On a trip to Doha in 2016, I had the opportunity to explore Souq Waqif and I was not disappointed at all. Having visit Doha for the first time in my life, I had never actually visited a real Souq, and this was my first experience here. 

Souq Waqif has been around for over a century and was originally used by the Bedouin people to trade their wares. In 2004 to 2008, it was given a brand new revamp by the Qatari government, and currently remains as probably the only traditional Souq in the Arab countries. The Qatari architecture and design stands out and makes this place absolutely beautiful. 

Where is Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif is located in the center of Doha City and in the district of Al Souq and between Al Asmakh Street and Al Ahmed Street. Anyone visiting Doha will most definitely be introduced to this Middle East styled market. There is another Souq Waqif which is in the Al Wakrah, and visitors should not be confused with this. Just make sure you tell the people that you want to go to the original Souq Waqif. A landmark is the Pearl Monument or near the Dhow Harbor.
Souq Waqif Traders
A common scene at Souq Waqif in Doha
What Can You Find In Souq Waqif

Generally, there are quite a lot of things to find at Souq Waqif, namely garments, household items, fruits, spices and handicraft. Local jewelry can also be found and some of the shops even sell traditional Qatari attire and items. For the curious explorer, there are lanes that lead to other parts of the Souq where you may end up at the Gold Souq or even the pet area where all kinds of domestic pets are being sold. 

For the hipster travellers, there are cafes and boutique hotels located around the main Souq Waqif area, so you can stay here and experience the traditional lifestyle of the Souq. There are lots of coffee shops, local and international, and middle eastern restaurants found around the main area. ATM machines are also available while outdoor cafes line the main cobble street here. 

Explore a little further from Souq Waqif and it will lead you to the unique Falcon Souq where you can see the traditional falcons being bred and sold. There is even a Falcon Hospital in the area too. 
Souq Waqif Photo
Cafes and Coffee Shops along the main area of Souq Waqif
Best Time To Visit Souq Waqif

The best time to visit this Souq is in the mornings, before lunch as the entire Souq Waqif closes from noon till around 4.00 PM, then reopens till 10.00 PM at night. In the mornings, the Souq comes alive with locals coming here to buy wares and other items, and it is a beautiful sight to experience. 

Photos of Souq Waqif

Below are random photos of Souq Waqif taken during my trip in 2016. Each of the photos has its own description. 
Picture of Souq Waqif

Ladies Garments Souq Waqif
Ladies garments and accessories sold at one of the shops
Souvenirs at Souq Waqif
Along the main street of Souq Waqif, souvenir stalls by the plenty

Antiques at Souq Waqif
Traditional Qatari items sold at one of the shops
Souq Waqif Picture
One of the traders that sells souvenirs and jewelry
Clothes at Souq Waqif
Some of the lanes are brightly lit to showcase the vibrant colors of the Souq
Souq Waqif in Qatar
A beautiful Qatari design building at Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif Shops
Traders inside Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif Traders
The lanes are filled with all sorts of interesting items
Photo of Souq Waqif
You can find traditional costume and attire being sold at the Souq
Qatari Dinner Plates
Traditional Qatari plates in vivid colors for sale
Souq Waqif Doha
Address: Al Asmakh Street and Al Ahmed Street
GPS Coordinates: 25.288436, 51.533691
Opening Hours: 7.30 AM to 12.00 NOON, 4.00 PM to 10.00 PM
Website: Souq Waqif

For anyone visiting Qatar, this is hands down one of the must visit places in Doha. Especially when you have some free time in the day or late in the evenings, you can easily spend two to three hours just wandering around Souq Waqif in Doha.

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