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A guide to the souqs in Qatar

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We thought it was time we told you all about the different Souqs we have here in Qatar. Some you already know, but there may be some you don't know about or haven't visited because you don't know what's available there. You can find some unexpected treasures in these Souqs and that, too, at great prices.

Go one, read ahead and find out all about Qatar's most loved souqs. They're great tourist spots, too.

1. Souq Waqif

A guide to the souqs in Qatar

Souq Waqif is one of Qatar's most iconic landmarks, and is a favourite with locals, residents and visitors who love the old feel of the place along with its market area where you can buy practically anything and it's food scene which is one of the best in Doha Town lined with restaurants, cafes, food carts, serving up all kinds of locals and international delicacies. It's winding alleyways remind one of the old Doha, when such alleys and the shops lining them were part of everyday life for people in the Qatar of yesterday. The vibrancy of the Souq makes it a great place to hang out with family and friends!

The Souq was established over a hundred years ago as a trading place where Bedouins and the local people bartered an assortment of products and also socialised. Originally, Souq Waqif adjoined the shore for easy boat access. It still faces the water, but the link to the front is now divided by a major road and a park. The Souq is often considered as the only lasting traditional souk in Qatar.

Timings:
Saturday to Thursday: 7:30 am -12:30 pm; 3:30 pm -10 pm, Friday: 12.30 pm - 10 pm
Location: Just off the Corniche, adjacent to Grand Hamad Street and Ali Bin Abdulla Street, Al Souq Street, Doha, Qatar
Tel: 5551 9254

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2. Souq Al Wakrah

A guide to the souqs in Qatar

Commonly known as the second Souq Waqif, located just a couple of minutes drive from the Wakrah family beach, Souq Al Wakra his the best place for those who want something different. Its design is built on an idea of the old concept of Qatar markets where you can walk, shop and dine while kids play with sand, skate or run around. Based on the style of the old life of Al Wakrah, which was a small village famous for pearling and fishing back in time, Souq Al Wakrah has become one of the hangout designations in Qatar. Souq Al Wakrah reflects old culture and heritage of the country out of its structure, shops, mosques, cafes and traditional dhow boats. Everything here has a vintage touch that adds more attraction to the place.

A lot of traditional goods are available at Souq Al Wakrah. Bags, fabrics, decoration pieces, jewellery, dates, sweets and spices are just a few of them.

Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 7:30 am -12:30 pm; 3:30 pm -10 pm, Friday: 12.30 pm - 10 pm
Location: Al Wakrah Main Street, Al Wakrah, Doha - Qatar

Want to know more about Souq Al Wakrah? Check out the following links:

  1. Exploring Souq Al Wakrah
  2. Five Souq Al Wakrah restaurants to suit every taste and budget!

3. Falcon Souq

A guide to the souqs in Qatar

The Falcon Souq is an amazing one-of-a-kind souq in Qatar that's located next to Souq Waqif. It's a unique souq because it showcases a main part of Qatari society and its rich heritage. here, you'll find all kinds of falcons, falconry equipment and accessories along with a special falcon hospital. There are three large falcon sculptures at the entrance inviting visitors in and the Souq's narrow alleyways are dotted with benches so people can sit and enjoy their time there.

You'll get to see this beautiful falcons wearing leather hoods on their head perched in their showrooms, and Qataris buying falcons and their equipment or accessories. You may also see falcon owners showing off their falcons especially during October to March which is Qatar's falconry season.

Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 7 am - 6 pm
Location:
Adjacent to Souq Waqif, Al Souq Street, Doha - Qatar
Tel:
+974 4417 6949

4. Gold Souq

A guide to the souqs in Qatar

The Gold Souq in Qatar is one of the largest clusters of gold jewellery shops in the country. Once you enter the Souq, you'll feel like you're transported to a magical world made of gold. The glorious designs and spectacular craftsmanship are exciting to look at even if you're not planning on buying anything. The Souq is particularly busy in the evenings when you'll see husbands buying their wives gold jewellery as a gift or women who are looking to splurge on some bling!

Everything isn't necessarily very expensive and among the gold jewellery that may go into thousands of Riyals, you can also buy cheaper accessories like jewellery made with platinum, white gold and even silver. You'll find places in the Gold Souq, where you can have your name written in gold in Arabic or English. Tourists absolutely love this.

The price of the gold jewellery is calculated based on the price of the weight on the day’s market, making them significantly more reasonable than the shops found in malls or elsewhere.

Timings: Saturday to Thursday; 9 am - 1 pm; 4 pm - 10 pm, Friday: 4 pm - 10 pm
Location: Between Al Nakheel Hotel and Souq Waqif, Al Ahmed Street, Doha, Qatar
Tel:
+974 4437 0258 / 6699 0661

    5. Souq Al Asery

    A guide to the souqs in Qatar
    Image credit: FourSquare

    Souq Al Asery (Souq Al Asiri) is one of Qatar's oldest and most well-known souqs. It's also a tourist spot that's on most people's to-see list when they visit Qatar. Souq Al Asery is a colourful souq with all kinds of different shops that sell practically everything from suitcases to handbags, perfumes to ouds, readymade clothes to different fabrics, shoes to toys, watches to electronics; you name it, it's there, and the best thing is most of the items are reasonably priced. Oh, but one thing to keep in mind is that most of the prices are not fixed so you may have to haggle and bargain your way down, especially if you're a tourist. You can also find little tea shops, cafeterias dotted around the market if you feel peckish while roaming the souq, you can grab something to eat and drink.

    The Souq Al Asery is located opposite the Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre and across from the colourful Souq Waqif. Parking can be a problem around the souq, but with the massive parking lot under Souq Waqif, it shouldn't be too bad.

    Timings: 8 am - 12:30 pm; 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Location: Opposite the Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre, across from Souq Waqif, Al Ahmed Street, Doha - Qatar

    6. Souq Al Dira

    A guide to the souqs in Qatar
    Image credit: FourSquare

    Souq Al Dira is one of Doha's most colourful souqs and is an absolute favourite for those who are looking for fabrics and materials whether they are the cheaper stuff or the more expensive and luxurious ones. There is a wide variety of different colourful men and women's fabrics and materials available at the Souq, and also tailormade abayas at bargain prices. You can find lace, organza, silk, cotton, crepe, georgette, cashmere pashmina and an all-encompassing variety of fabrics and materials. There's something for everyone. The prices can range anywhere between QR 10 per metre to QR 1,000+. Souq Al Dira is also home to some of the most skilful tailors in Qatar and they'll make you anything you want no matter what the design or pattern.

    Oh, and the prices are not fixed so, enjoy haggling and bargaining over a fabric you want to buy. It's expected by the shopkeepers and enjoyed by them, too.

    Another thing to remember is that this is a busy area, so finding parking can be quite a nightmare. You can park your car in the parking lot under Souq Waqif if you're pilling to pay the hourly fee.

    Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 12:30 pm; 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Location:
    Opposite the Al Fanar Centre and across from Souq Waqif, Al Ahmed Street, Doha - Qatar
    Tel:
    +974 4441 3436

    7. Al Faleh Souq

    A guide to the souqs in Qatar
    Image credit: Saint Germain des Pres

    If you're looking for all kinds of items that come under QR 10, then Al Faleh Souq is where you want to be. It's just near Souq Al Asery and Souq Al Dira and you'll find a bit of everything in this busy Souq, and though you can still haggle here and bargain the prices with the shopkeepers, since the prices are already so low, it won't be so easy.

    It can be hard to find parking here, and so, if you're willing to pay the hourly fee when you park in the parking lot under Souq Waqif, that's the best place to park.

    Timings: Saturday to Friday: 9 am - 12 pm; 4 pm - 10 pm
    Location:
    Opposite the Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre, across from Souq Waqif, Al Ahmed Street, Doha - Qatar

    8. Souq Al Jabor

    A guide to the souqs in Qatar
    Image credit: FourSquare

    Souq Al Jabor boasts of a wide variety of products that range from clothing for the whole family, footwear, luggage, gift items, luggage, CDs, costume jewellery, tiaras and perfumes among other items. It also sells tailoring accessories, which include everything from buttons, threads, sequins, lace, beads, piping, wool and ribbons to artificial flowers. Haggling is a way of life here, though, in general the prices are reasonable and you'll find a lot of bargains here.

    It's located in the same vicinity as Souq Al Asery and Souq Al Dira, so parking is often a big problem. Most people prefer to park in the parking lot under Souq Waqif if they're OK with paying the hourly fee.

    Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 12:30 pm; 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Location:
    Opposite the Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre, across from Souq Waqif, Al Ahmed Street, Doha - Qatar
    Tel:
    +974 4441 2963 / 3070 4232

    9. Souq Haraj

    A guide to the souqs in Qatar
    Image credit: Being737

    Souq Haraj can be defined as a market for second-hand goods or a flea market. However, Souq Haraj doesn't just sell second-hand stuff. You can find a wide variety of other goods as well, like furniture, household appliances, mattresses, curtains, carpets, air conditioners, fans, home decor and a whole lot more.

    This is one of Qatar's busiest souqs with people from all walks of life coming to find something or the other. Some people want second-hand stuff, while others want to buy new items.

    Parking is a big hassle here as the Souq and surrounding area are very congested.

    Timings: Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30 am - 10 pm; Monday: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm
    Location:
    Junction of Al Najma and Al Mansour, Al Najma, Doha - Qatar
    T
    el: +974 5550 6949

    10. Omani Souq

    A guide to the souqs in Qatar
    Image credit: Qatar Tribune

    The Omani Souq was established in 1979, but was opened to the public in 1980 with the aim of having a marketing square that brings together the products of Oman to Qatar. It's still called Oman Souq because many of the products still come in from Oman.

    It's not a very big souq, but has some amazing things to offer. The whole market is housed under a corrugated steel roof and is like an open warehouse with many little kiosks packed close together stacked with all kinds of different items that include, but are not limited to oud perfumes, authentic Omani frankincense, Omani dried fish, straw hats, woven baskets, ceramics, BBQ items, flowers, plants, camel sticks, spices, nuts, local 'made in Qatar'fruits and vegetables, and if you're lucky, you can even find white truffles here at low prices.

    Oh, and don't forget to haggle or bargain for a cheaper price while you're at the Omani Souq; prices aren't fixed. The shop keepers are used to it, and they enjoy it.

    The Omani Souq has recently moved from its location in Maamoura, and can now be found in Al Sailiya where the wholesale market has also moved.

    Timings: 7 am - 10 pm
    Location: Near WholeSale Market, Al Sailiya, Doha - Qatar
    Tel:
    +974 6672 0259

    11. Thursday and Friday Souq

    A guide to the souqs in Qatar
    Image credit: Peninsula Qatar

    Thursday and Friday Souq is where you can find abayas of all shapes, sizes and prices, fabrics, furniture including the famous Qatari 'majlis, and a whole lot more. There are some cafeterias and eating places in the vicinity as well that cater to those that come to shop there.

    Location: Opposite the Old Wholesale Market, Ain Khaled, Doha - Qatar
    Tel: +974 4450 0131

    12. Souq al Ali

    A guide to the souqs in Qatar
    Image credit: FourSquare

    The Souq Al Ali is made up of abaya and thobe shops, ready-made clothing shops, oud shops and tailoring shops as well as some of Qatar's most famous shawarma places like the Jabal Al Lebnan.

    Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 12:30 pm; 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm; Friday: 4 pm - 10:30 pm
    Location: Doha Expressway, Al Shamal Road, Al Luqta, Doha - Qatar
    Tel: +974 7763 8863

    Have you visited all these Souqs in Qatar? Which ones have you been to? Do let us know in our Comments section. Like and share the article it keeps us going!