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Posted On: 17 November 2019 08:31 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:05 pm

NMoQ to open Baraha Souq on 22 November

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National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is all set to launch and welcome visitors to the Baraha Souq from Friday 22 November 2019, and will take the community in Qatar back to the roots of traditional Arabian courtyards. The Souq will take place every other weekend and has been carefully curated by the NMoQ to showcase and support local makers and food producers and provide a welcoming stage for cultural engagement, according to QNA.

What is Baraha Souq?

Baraha Souq is a vibrant artisan market that will enable NMOQ's Baraha area to follow its time-honoured custom of being a place where traders and travelers meet to sell goods. Set in the museum’s Baraha courtyard, this artisan market is the perfect place to meet with friends. You can enjoy a coffee, discover a variety of vendors, browse and buy locally designed and made in Qatar art, jewellery, fashion and accessories, wellness products, homeware, specialty coffee and different types of food items, alongside watching local traditional craftspeople in action. You can also learn about Qatar’s date heritage and purchase local dates and date products. Visitors will also get the opportunity to discover Qatar's traditions and customs, with a range of activities that offer fun and immersive experiences for the whole family.

Ahmad Al Namla, Acting CEO of Qatar Museums, commented:

"The preservation of cultural heritage forms a key pillar in Qatar Museums' mission of creating a strong cultural sector within the country. By launching Initiatives such as the Baraha Souq, we are helping put local communities, young and old, in touch with their past, reminding them of the skills, wisdom, and struggles of their ancestors. We hope that today's entrepreneurs can find inspiration in the traditional Arabic courtyards of yesterday."

Achieving NMoQ's vision

Baraha Souq is operated by IN-Q Enterprises in partnership with Torba Markets, founders of the successful Torba Farmers' Market. IN-Q Enterprises is the commercial arm of Qatar Museums (QM) and works to enable QM to achieve its vision: to cultivate artists and creative networks, and promote and sustain the highest standards for community engagement, creativity, and enjoyment in Qatar and beyond.

Philip Lawrie, General Manager of IN-Q Enterprises, commented:

"Baraha Souq provides local artisans and food producers with the opportunity to bring their products to a wider audience. Visitors can buy unique products that are handcrafted in Qatar. They can meet the makers, support their development, and experience a closer connection to the country's people and place."

The Museum Souq opens from Friday 22 November 2019 running through to May 2020. Initially, the market will be open every second Friday and Saturday, increasing in frequency in the coming months. Opening times are Fridays from 2 pm - 7 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am - 7 pm.

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Baraha Souq Timings

Every second weekend staring from 22 November 2019.

Fridays: 1:30 pm – 9 pm
Saturdays: 9 am – 9 pm