Standing the test of time and providing a contrast to the surrounding skyscrapers, the Souq Waqif offers unique discoveries for those exploring this popular site.
With a history going back to the 18th century, this souq serves as a reminder of Qatar’s now-lost Bedouin lifestyle. In 2003, a fire destroyed the market almost completely, but it was renovated and revived back into the attraction that it is today.
Souq Waqif is a traditional marketplace offering all manner of items including handicrafts, spices, clothing, incense, Bedouin weaving, dried fruits, carpets and more. Properties like Al Najada Doha Hotel by Tivoli located just a five-minute walk away are ideal to stay at when in Doha; meetings can be held here too, followed by some shopping at Souq Waqif!
Visit one of the cafes or restaurants for a delicious Qatari snack and couple it with a cup of steaming coffee. Alfresco dining is perfect for people watching and don’t forget to stop by at a roadside stall and sample some scrumptious homemade food.
Falconry is amongst the unique aspects of Qatar and one of the best places to experience this is the Falcon Souq which can be found here. While you can witness the trade of these majestic birds, a compelling request might grant you entry into the Falcon Hospital where you can watch them being cared for as well.