Souq Waqif Visit – ”The Standing Market”

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Considered to be the oldest souq and a major tourist destination in its own right in the Qatari capital, the Souq Waqif is ”THE” place to explore, browse and shop at. Read on to find out more!

How to Get There

Located at the very heart of Doha by the waterfront, Waqif Souq can be easily accessed from many luxury hotels in Doha including the likes of Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara.

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Ralf Steinberger from Northern Italy and Berlin, Entrance to Souq Waqif, the market in Doha, Qatar. (32826704245)CC BY 2.0

Buy Spices

Love to cook or wish to collect some aromatic spices to take back home as a souvenir? Then check out the main entrance area off the Doha Corniche occupied with vendors selling overflowing sacks of colourful spices as saffron, preserved lemons, sumac and more!

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Image Credit: StellarDSpice Shop Souq Waqif DohaCC BY-SA 4.0

Check out the Jewellery

Located just off the main shopping point of Souq Waqif, is the Gold Souq occupied with over 40 shops offering a wide range of exquisite jewellery such as dazzling necklaces, watches and more. If you wish you can even get a personalised item such as a pendant created with your name spelt out in Arabic calligraphy.

Try Exotic Dishes

The Souq is home to a myriad of restaurants and cafes offering exotic dishes from cuisines such as Syria, Levant, and Moroccan. A few places to check out would be Tajine and Damasca One, a gastronomic heaven!

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Diego Delso, Souq Waqif, Doha, Catar, 2013-08-05, DD 80CC BY-SA 3.0

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

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