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Different types of cuisine you can try in Souq Waqif Doha

Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is widely regarded as one of the most prosperous cities in the world. The city is also set to be the primary setting for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Fatayer

This is a sort of Arabic mini-pie of sorts that can be stuffed with a variety of fillings. Usually it is filled with ground meat and a variety of spices. There are popular vegetarian options as well such as spinach (sabanek) or various kinds of cheese (usually feta or akawi). It is one of the most popular and indulgent snacks in the Middle East.

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Falafel

These exquisite vegetarian fritters are fast becoming one of the most popular alternatives to meat-based street/fast food in the world. The dish involves a mixture made from either ground chick peas or fava beans, and once fused with a few other ingredients, are rolled into balls and deep fried. They are commonly consumed either in a dip or in the form of a shawarma-like wrap. Whichever way you have them, they are bound to be delicious.

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Shawarma

This concept is legendary, meat that has been roasted on a rotisserie is shaved off and, once combined with a variety of ingredients such as pickles, garlic-mayonnaise and commonly French-fries, is rolled up into a pita-bread wrap. There are various kinds of shawarma for your indulgence, with meats such as chicken, mutton and beef. Although it is a street food, it is bound to be served at the best restaurants in Doha, including eateries within establishments such as the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels.

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Qoozi

This dish is referred to by many similar sounding names such as 'Quzi' or 'Ghuzi' across various Arab and Levantine countries but the overall concept is usually the same. It generally involves a whole lamb served over a bed of rice, but in some places, they stuff the lamb with rice, spices, vegetables and nuts before slow-roasting it within a charcoal pit. In most Arab counties, the lamb is wrapped in date leaves before being roasted in a submerged oven.

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Mathrooba

This dish resembles a creamy paste and looks delicious. It is generally consumed during Ramadan where people can break their fast with something that is easy to eat yet rich in nutritional content. Although there are a few variations of this, the Qatari version consisted of a wheat porridge containing chicken that has been flavoured with a variety of ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, spices and beans. All of the components are mashed together until a homogenous paste is formed.

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Machboos

Many would say that this dish is the most definitive Qatari food, and is a hallmark of their culture. The most common version is the chicken machboos where chicken is flavoured with a variety of spices and then baked or roasted in a traditional oven. The chicken is served on a bed of rice which has also in turn been flavoured with a range of eastern spices that form the famous flavour of the machboos rice. There other kinds of meats you can choose for your machboos instead of chicken, such as fish, lamb, camel, beef and even shrimp.

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