9 Must-Try Experiences at the Captivating Souq Waqif

9 Must-Try Experiences at the Captivating Souq Waqif By Janeesha Sagin - August 17, 2023
9 Must-Try Experiences at the Captivating Souq Waqif

Beauty of Souq Waqif

Located on the historic grounds of Doha's trading bazaar by the Wadi Musheireb, Souq Waqif stands in intriguing contrast to modern Doha. Amid its traditional buildings, it retains its vibrant role as a bustling trade hub. The market's alleys offer a glimpse of traditional street life. 

Here are 9 reasons to explore Souq Waqif.

1. Engage in the unique opportunity to hold a falcon

Photo credits: @nitheesh_photography

Falconry is a traditional practice in Qatar, celebrated at the Falcon Souq in Souq Waqif. Experience close encounters with these majestic birds and even hold them on your arm. Buy falcons and equipment, and ensure their health at the dedicated clinic.

2. Experience the sight of camels and horses

Visit the camel enclosure adjacent to the Falcon Souq to observe these gentle-eyed beings, or venture to the Emiri Stables, where exquisite Arabian horses gracefully preside while also participating in the heritage police patrols that grace the souq each day.

3. Treat yourself to a session of shopping delight

The souq's pathways feature a variety of stores with practical and captivating goods. From shoes to antiques, fabrics to musical instruments, it's a treasure trove of regional finds. Handmade items like glass ornaments highlight local skills.

4. Add a Pinch of Spice to Your Everyday Routine

Follow your senses to aromatic spices in rustic sacks. Find a variety of Arabian fragrances like saffron, sumac, and more. Explore dried flowers, black lemons, dates, honey, tea, and coffee.

5. Explore the world of pearls and their history

Qatar's historic pearl trade legacy lives on. Visit the pearl boutique, converse with a former pearl diver, and discover the art of pearling along with a variety of pearls.

6. Shop for beauty essentials with a local touch

Explore a range of traditional fragrances, cosmetics, and henna designs at Souq Waqif. Indulge in personalized scents, kohl, argan oil, and henna tattoos by on-site artists.

7. Relax in the local style

Souq Waqif, a top hangout, comes alive at night. Cafes serve Arabic coffee, juices, and shisha. Enjoy football matches on TV or play backgammon at places like Majlis Al Dana.

8. Experience Art

Souq Waqif Art Centre features local and visiting artists' works for sale. Enjoy beautiful woodwork, painted tiles, and colourful lanterns. Participate in workshops or watch artists in action.

9. Experience the magic of live street entertainment.

In mild seasons, Souq Waqif thrives with cultural events, costumes, and exhibitions. Festivals like Shop Qatar and Eid bring vibrant displays. Spacious courtyards host diverse exhibitions.


By Janeesha Sagin - August 17, 2023

Leave a comment