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Souq Waqif, Doha

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Founded at the turn of the 20th century in a dried riverbed where Bedouin Arabs once traded wares, Souq Waqif remains a major marketplace providing access to a range of local goods. Frequented by locals and visitors, the market offers traditional clothing, handcrafted items, spices, and souvenirs, hosting many restaurants, cafes, and shisha lounges that serve Qatari, Yemeni, Syrian, and various other Middle Eastern cuisines. Check out the parts of the souq where domestic pets, like dogs, cats, turtles, and birds are sold, in addition to an area devoted to falcons and falconers. Our Doha trip builder tool makes visiting Souq Waqif and other Doha attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Great place, worth visiting both in the morning and the evening. Especially loved the bird market part and the Falcon Hospital area nearby. Many shops, restaurants, coming to live in the late afternoo...  more »
  • This is a place to find everything, variety of restaurant to choose from, small stalls for street food also available, gold-souk (shops), handicraft seller too.... you need 3-4 hours to enjoy this pla...  more »
  • This market is worth a visit. The property is beautiful with many restaurants and shops of clothes, dried fruit species etc.
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  • What a fantastic place to visit! Food available is out of this world. Name the cuisine and you get it. Love the architecture.
  • Awesome place. Great sight - place and people i mean. Very popular tourist destination. The food is amazing too. Plenty of options to go by. You will see many smoking a shisha with their coffee.
  • I love the Souq. The hassle and bustle is so unique. Shops offer a wide range of traditional and not so traditional goods. From fabric to sweets.
  • Just an amazing place to hang out. Takes you back to grandma the with all the grandma stuff you can find there. Restaurants are amazing. Very safe place.
  • A mixture of tourist and local attractions for shopping and dining, this is a recreation if the original Souk Wakif, the social and retail centre of Doha. It is easy to get lost in n the winding corridors send alleyways while admiring the many wares on display. Outside dining or coffee is popular when the temperature moderates. A must see while visiting Doha.

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From luxurious five-star and boutique hotels, to upscale chains and resorts, Doha offers some of the best high-end accommodations in the region. You can find more affordable hotel and hostel lodgings near Souq Waqif, a traditional bazaar, centrally located and offering easy access to the Corniche promenade and other downtown attractions.
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