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  • Cye Ampere
    Doha, Qatar105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Experience
    Awesome experience with the family and friends from the USA. We especially enjoy the arabic foods. Bought some souvenirs from arabic culture. The people working there are accommodating and very responsive. A little bit crowded when you go there during the weekend.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Lovetotravel706
    Durban, South Africa417 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good evening time well spent
    We spent the afternoon here with my family and children . It’s pretty hot so go after 5 as it starts to cool down . There are lovely Restaurants to choose from . There is outside and inside seating available . Good for souvenirs and spice market is nice . Good vibe for an evening. Undercover parking available as well
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 June 2023
  • beanz1
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Souq waqif was only a few minutes away from our hotel. Great market lots of small shops/stalls. Plenty to see from clothes to jewellery to lamps to gold souq shops, a shoppers dream come true. Plenty of restaurants and art gallery to see. Definitely well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Clelia
    Australia26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice to brows through !
    If you have not experienced markets like this before you should. We have been lucky to experienced many, this one is different , local but tourist not so much in range but if you need a scarf or similar is fine. The restaurants are western food and some local. The gold section is amazing so much gold to choose from. We went late in the afternoon , cooler and more relaxing.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Traditional Marketplace with Vibrant Atmosphere. Not to Be Missed
    Souq Waqif is a beautifully re-created traditional marketplace in the center of Doha not far from the Corniche. The original souq which dated back to the 1800s was destroyed in a fire in 2003 but was rebuilt in 2006 and has an authentic look and feel. There are shops inside and out selling clothing, jewelry, spices, animals and crafts. It is a great place to pick up a souvenir. I enjoyed this so much more than the grittier souq in Dubai where the vendors were aggressive and annoying. Minimal pressure in the Souq Waqif. This is also a great area to have a meal with many different restaurants to choose from. It's a vibrant place and even more enjoyable after dark. We were here during the World Cup, and it was buzzing. My only disappointment is nowhere to enjoy a beer with the restrictions in the country, but such is life.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Jarret S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enchanting market that truly comes alive from sunset till dawn!!
    Souq Waqif is an enchanting market that truly comes alive from sunset till dawn!! Having explored many markets across the globe, I must say that Souq Waqif is in my top 5 favorites. Come hungry because the food is endless, and it's all budget-friendly. Prepare to spend at least a few hours here, which will definitely pass by quickly since the market has so many exciting offerings.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Andrew
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia629 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magic
    I’ve been through souqs in places like Morocco so was braced for a hot and cramped shopping experience, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. This souq is generously laid out, with fans and the odd aircon unit taking the edge off the heat. The store owners were, in the main, friendly and welcoming and happy to haggle. We enjoyed a really authentic rough and ready dinner on one souq corner - tucking into skewers of meat, copious quantities of freshly baked bread and fresh rocket leaves. We just didn’t have enough time. We could have spent hours here - but not wanting to drag our friends into every store, we kept it relatively brief. And huge bonus - at the entrance to the souq on the evenings is a guy offering camel rides, which was a huge tick off my hubby’s Middle East wishlist. We’ll be back!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Catherine
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely recommend
    Our flight was delayed so we had 24 hours in Doha. The souk was definitely a highlight & we would have spent more time here if we could. It was relatively airy compared to other markets around the world and the sellers seemed friendly and fair. Highly recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Steven K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Like a Different World
    Sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that'll leave you with stories to tell and memories to treasure! When I got here I feel like I'm in a different world. The vibes are so authentically Arabian that you will make you take photos. The bustling markets make you feel like you've time-traveled to an ancient marketplace. Definitely a fun experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Unique Dreamscape
    Plantation, Florida21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enchanting
    Souq Waqif in Doha is a captivating blend of tradition and medernity, offering a glimpse into the heart of Qatari culture. Strolling through its labyrinthine alleys, I was immersed in a sensory journey of colors, scents and sounds. The architecture is a marvel, echoing the region's heritage while accommodating contemporary amenities. The bursting market stalls offered an array of goods, from intricate handcrafts and textiles to spices that filled the air with their aromatic presence. I observed the lively interactions between locals and tourist, creating a truly vibrant atmosphere. While Souq Waqif preserves its historical essence, it also caters to modern interest with art galleries, boutiques and cultural events. The Falcon Souq and the Camel Pen showcase the deep-rooted traditions.The best time to visit is during the cooler evenings when the crows are thinner and the ambience is enchanting.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled on business
    Written 21 August 2023
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The markets wrre very good. Trip in the desert was the highlight riding over the dunes, being so close to the falcons, etc. really my cup of tea.
Written 12 June 2024
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Anna Harrison
United Arab Emirates24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Visiting Souq Waqif on a solo trip was a remarkable experience. The market's lively atmosphere, rich history, and stunning architecture captivated me instantly. Wandering through the narrow alleys, I discovered traditional Qatari crafts, spices, and textiles. The vibrant street performances and delicious local cuisine added to the charm. The friendly vendors and welcoming locals made me feel at home. It's a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Doha solo.
Written 28 May 2024
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Sea Dweller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,618 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Souq Waqif, built on the site of an ancient market in the center of Doha. Centuries ago, the Bedouins brought their sheep, goats and wool here to exchange for basic necessities. The waters of the bay lapped at the entrance to the market so traders could arrive at the market by boats on the water, as well as by camels on land.
The first semi-permanent shops were built here about 250 years ago. Before this, sellers stood and sold their goods on makeshift counters, and it is from this tradition that the name of the bazaar comes from: waqif in Arabic means “standing.”
In the 19th century, the entire market square was skillfully rebuilt. Adobe shops with exposed wooden beams appeared. Life was in full swing here! However, in the 20th century, with the emergence of huge, air-conditioned shopping malls, the Souq Waqif market fell into serious decline by the 1990s. And in 2003, most of the market was destroyed by fire.
Large-scale and fairly successful reconstruction of the market continues to this day.
I was especially struck by the part of the market – the so-called “Falcon Market” – where you can see game birds for every taste. Also interesting are some of the shops that look more like museums, displaying antique artifacts as well as jewelry from all over the Arab world.
If you are planning to visit this market, do not forget that most shops close around 13:00 and reopen at 16:00. Therefore, during the day the market looks completely empty.
Written 28 May 2024
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Neomi A
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Venturing into Souq Waqif feels like wandering into a living, breathing snapshot of Qatar's soul. The air is alive with the scent of spices, the chatter of merchants, and the rustle of colorful fabrics. Each narrow alleyway holds a new treasure, from handcrafted souvenirs to delectable local delicacies. Whether you're bargaining with a vendor, sipping Arabic coffee, or simply absorbing the vibrant energy, Souq Waqif is a sensory feast that captures the essence of Qatari culture in every corner.
Written 27 May 2024
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Latrice M
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I had a wonderful experience here. We were in search of the Gold Thumb 👍. We found it! But on our journey through the market we were overwhelmed by beautiful colors that radiated out of each store. There were many spices, flowers, and foods that I've never seen before. We went around one corner and we're taken over by hundreds of birds, reptiles, bunnies, ducks, chickens, dogs, fish, cats,guinea pigs, flying squirrels.....all for sale. There were many restaurants and plenty of people. We went at night because it was much cooler and loved every minute of it!
Written 27 May 2024
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Bear
Brisbane, Australia10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Servive was good. However, we did not understand that this is a chain of hotels located in close proximity to each other. We ended up not staying at the one we thought we were. However, the room we had was very nice. We did have to arrange for the golf cart to take us to breakfast as it was about a 15min walk to another hotel that did the breakfast. However would stay there again.
Written 20 May 2024
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artsalgoa
Panjim, India4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very nice market place lots of authentic shops...local produce, bird market....handicrafts, memorabilia...nice restaurants
Written 17 May 2024
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James
New York City, NY5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Amazing place for tourists specially in winters it looks cool and cozy atmosphere I have seen lots of change in infrastructure of roads building
As we see Qatar is moving very fast
Written 11 May 2024
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Kelly lee S
66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Walking around the markets gives you a real feel of Qatar seeing all the locals and the difference items in the shops seeing what they have on offer.
Written 9 May 2024
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Miss Perfect
London, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Loved pashmina shopping. Really nice authentic atmosphere. Stallholders not at all pushy. Nice quality goods great arabic aromas.
Written 7 May 2024
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