The story of Souq Waqif begins somewhere close to a century ago in the 1800s where tribesmen would gather to exchange goods. The most common exchange that took place was that of livestock. The market was recently restored utilising classic Arabian architecture as a nod to its heritage. Instead of purely livestock, one can find an incredible array of items at the present-day Souq Waqif.
When it comes to food, the range is astonishing. There’s a wide range of outlets and vendors dealing in all kinds of traditional food ranging from crepes to kabsa rice. There are also confectionary stores where you can get items such as saffron-flavoured cotton-candy, and edible coffee cups made of biscuit with the interior coated in chocolate.
If you’re looking for souvenirs you will never find better things anywhere else. From salt and pepper shakers in the shape of traditionally dressed men and women to sheets of henna stickers, Souq Waqif has an unimaginable variety of goods.
There’s also a section for pets, ranging from dogs and rabbits, to falcons whose breeding and training is a renowned tradition among Arabs. If you find yourself in Qatar, there’s no better place worth checking out.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+