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Top Souks in Doha – Shopping in the Best Marketplaces

Doha, the capital city of Qatar, has many great attractions. Doha is also a great place for shopping, and the best places to experience a typical Qatari shopping day is by heading over to a souk.


Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif is the most popular souq in Qatar. A traditional Qatari market with all the typical features of a Qatari market, the Souq Waqif is located off the Doha Coniche and is an attraction worth visiting even if you don't plan on shopping. Souq Waqif was actually constructed over Bedouin market and has spread over quite a vast area over the years. The hundreds of vendors, in neatly built wooden or stone stores and shops, sell a range of items such as traditional Qatari clothing, wooden and gypsum handicrafts, woven goods, paintings by local artists, and souvenirs. Additionally, the souq has many vendors selling snacks, meals and bites to eat, making it home to some of the best restaurants in Doha. All in all, Souq Waqif is the best souq that Qatar has to offer. You can stay at a hotel such as the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels and easily access this amazing market.


Souq Abdullah Al Sadah

If you are looking for a souq that specializes in selling electronic gadgets, then Souq Abdullah Al Sadah is the place for you. With stores selling everything from spare parts and spare electronic accessories to branded electronics, you can be assured of making some great tech purchases at this souq. The souq is also one of the most recommended places for getting repairs done to your electronics. Although electronics are the primary focus of this souq you will also find fashion stores, perfumeries and fancy good stores too. The prices are cheap, the goods are of high quality, and the range is impressive – what more can you ask from a souq?


Gold Souq

As is obvious by its name, the Gold Souq is the place to go if you want to purchase gold products or jewelry. Gold Souq is located just opposite the Alfardan Centre in Doha, and more of an attraction than simply a marketplace. The souq is made up of a network of roads and by-lanes all of which are lined with stores selling some of the finest gold products and jewelry in Doha. The skilled vendors offer stunning works of gold, and jewelry of masterful designs adorned with precious and semi-precious stones, in both traditional and modern styles. All the gold and jewelry has the Qatar Government's seal of approval ensuring that your purchases are ethical-purchases.


Omani Souq

The Omani Souq, located off Salwa Road, is a souq which is rather unique. Everything about this market is traditional, and it doesn't boast anything fancy like Souq Waqif. But what it does offer a traditional market experience. Spices, nuts and pottery are the main goods sold here, and the souq is often regarded as one of the best places in Doha for spices. Even if you are not interested in purchasing anything, walking around the souq admiring the various items and the fancy pottery, with the rich aroma or Arabian spices is sure to be on unforgettable experience.


Falcon Souq

Qatar is known for its culture of falconry, and the Falcon Souq is a testament to that. At the Falcom Souq you can find all things which are associated with falcons and falconry. Be it training equipment, special foods for falcons, customized hoods for falcons, and live falcons themselves are available at Falcon Souq. The large open exercise area of this souq is a major attraction as the vendors let the falcons loose for exercise, and it can be quite a sight!


Souq Al Jabor

Located on Al Jabor Street, this souq is one of the best places to visit for readymade clothes and textiles. The stores are packed with various clothing items, but keep your eyes peeled for other items such as perfumes, toys, and souvenirs, which you can snatch up for extremely competitive prices!

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