What to do in Doha | Shopping in Souq Waqif

While Fifa , not in some embarrassment , is trying to figure out if in 2022  we can play the games of the World Cup as it was planned (in July in the evening) , Doha life continues to flow as usual, with tourists swarming between the merchandise and rooms of Souq Waqif.

Doha, Qatar skyline by night
Doha, Qatar skyline by night

The Souq Waqif, which translated literally means “the standing market” is the most important souq in Doha, with 1 million and 300 thousand inhabitants in the capital of Qatar. Although this market is at least a hundred years old, it owes its current popularity in recent restoration works that have made it a major tourist destination in Doha.

Doha
Doha

So today, thousands of people from across the region are attending the market to purchase traditional goods such as wool products, jewellery and perfumes- all these products  were added to the tourists , and with them, even the new art galleries and various entertainment venues.

Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif spring festival
Souq Waqif spring festival

But the real peculiarity of this market is in the relaxed atmosphere that you breathe. No retailer that pulls you in, so many people, but no crowd, clean, with a sense of order and relaxation, which makes it quiet and even the most biased. In this sense, a traditional souq, but certainly be careful where to walk, when you visit Doha in Qatar.

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By Ina K

Photos: 80sChiyuld , Qadhafi, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts , Omda79