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Best Markets to Shop in Doha - Souq Up in Style!

Oman's dazzling Doha is a shopaholic's paradise with its many souqs. Here are five of its very best to help you shop till you drop!

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Najma Souq

Head over to Najma Souq and you'll find anything and everything under one roof. To make it easier for shoppers to navigate through this big, buzzing bazaar, it's divided up into sections where you will find the same kinds of shops clustered together. For example, there's a section dedicated to clothing shops and another for curtain rods and textiles...etc. There are stores selling electrical goods, furniture and even building materials, so you're pretty much covered.

Najma Souq is located close to the Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park between the Al Mansoura Street and the Al Arab Street. On weekdays (excluding Fridays) the Souq is open from 8.30 in the morning to 10.30 in the night. On Fridays it's open from 2 pm to 10 pm. During the weekend you have the Najma' Flea Market taking place where you can buy items as low as QR2. These include clothes and household items. You also get a few odd items here such as prams and quad bikes.

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Wholesale Market

Having your daily intake of veggies and fruits is not so difficult thanks to Doha's Wholesale market. Here you can buy kilos and half kilos of fresh vegetables for prices as low as QR2. Fruits cost a tad bit more but the quality is totally worth it. Bargaining here is welcome and its best to buy multiple items from one shop and bargain for a nice round amount. If you're worried about carrying all loaded bags hire a porter and trolley for about QR5.

The Wholesale Market is also a good place to buy seafood but its best to come early in the morning when you can get the fresh catch of the day. Fish prices are quite affordable as large salmon are sold for about QR25. If you don't want to do the nasty business of cleaning the fish, you can get it done here for a small price at the "fish cleaning" area.

The Wholesale Market is located on the Salwa Road in Abu Hamour.

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Gold Souq

Who doesn't like gold? When it comes to the Omanis, they don't just love it they adore it, so much that they have a Souq dedicated entirely to all things gold. This glittering bazaar is located off Banks Street next to the Al-Ghanim central bus station. Prepare to be dazzled by rows and rows of shimmering gold jewellery in exquisite designs and variations. Elegant wedding jewellery sets, thousands of bangles, you name the Gold Souq has it all. And you don't have to worry about fake gold as all gold in the country are hallmarked and tested so you know you're getting the real deal. In fact, some of the most reputable stores will weigh the gold right in front of you.

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Diamond Souq

Shine bright like a diamond right? Well, this is not a Souq of its own as it's located within the Gold Souq, but it still deserves to be mentioned. This area specializes in all things diamond from cheaper to the expensive, large rocks to tiny chips, there are so many options to suit every need and budget.

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Souq Waqif

Last but not least is the most famous Souq in town. The Souq Waqif is not just a market but a tourist attraction as well and you'll find many 5 star hotels in Doha the likes of Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara located just a few minutes away from it. This modern Souq was built within the last decade over an ancient Bedouin market and still presents that age-old charm. The charming alleys looking straight out of an Arabian night's tale and are stocked on each side with stores selling exotic spices, beautiful fabrics, aromatic oils and the diving Yemeni honey to name just a few. If you're wondering where it located, the Souq Waqif can be found just by the Corniche next to the Grand Hamad Street, Al Souq Street, and the Ali Bin Abdulla Street.