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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. Use our Doha vacation builder to add Souq Waqif and other attractions to your Doha vacation plans.
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  • Need to wander through its narrow streets if you're going to Doha, smell their species and eat a few kofta. An animal will pass it really badly because they have animals for sale as in here 30 or 40 years ago.
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  • Doha's premier tourist attractions, especially since the evening any locals, tourists, was attracting lots of people. It was so far can be seen to amusement park is also in the Souk street performance, even through the day. Restaurant (menu is pretty similar but there are), also great to look for souvenirs. Was able to leisurely shop, Barker.
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  • We were perhaps expecting more due to having been to many Middle Eastern countries and Qatar being so over the top, so it was a let down! Upsetting to see baby rabbits and birds in crowded cages, no g...  more »
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  • It's a classic unique and awesome place with many attraction's daily... So go ahead with your family and friends and have a good day
  • Souq Waqif is a great place to sit down, have coffee/tea and enjoy a nice evening with friends and family. The souq is clean and well kept. It is quite new, so if you are looking for history I would say that this is just a beautiful remake. In terms of places to eat try Demasca, there is also a good Iranian restaurant but the service is a bit slow. For shopping I would suggest scarves as souvenirs, everything else is pretty over priced. It would be hard to find things that are really authentic even most of the ceramics. If you are interested in something bargain. Be warned that this is not like traditional souqs and they may not lower the prices as much as other places.
  • I loved the style of the place. It's really authentic. There are a lot of small shops and restaurants. The place can get really hot and humid so seek the area when the weather is cool and nice. You will find the area full of people smoking "hubbly bubbly" outside the restaurants and cafes so keep that in mind if you don't like that.
  • It's largest souq#myqatar to buying all things that you need ... place old Qatar... great entertainment... more people were coming please
  • Authentic Qatari experience. The gold market, antique shops & amazing restaurants and cafes