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Top Street Markets in Doha to Try out – Markets with a Cultural Twist!

Walking along the aisles of the street markets in Doha, while browsing through an assortment of items offers a unique experience. It's more than just a walk in the market; it's an unparalleled experience where you can revel in the bargaining traditions of the ancient Qatari community.


Souq Al Haraj

If you're on the lookout for some second-hand furniture, then Souq Al Haraj is where you should be to get your hands on some of the finest deals. It's also known as the Najma Market, and you can look forward to finding some remarkable furniture of impeccable quality at this place. Located close to many 5 star hotels in Doha, Souq Al Haraj is the oldest furniture market in the country. From antique wooden cabinets and sofa sets to curtains and décor frames, you'd come across a myriad of useful items at this location. A tactful bargaining session will surely secure some amazing deals that agree with your wallet.


Wholesale Market

Located just off the Salwa Road, one can have access to a variety of locally grown produce such as fresh vegetables and greens at the Wholesale Market in Doha. It's one such place where you'd be able to support the local community by purchasing directly from its farmers. Those who are looking to purchase in bulk can get excellent deals at this place. It's where you can experience the authentic Qatari life at its best, what with porters with wheelbarrows helping the buyers to transport their goods and camels lined up near the slaughterhouses. A vegetable souq and a section devoted to an array of fish are some of the main attractions of the Wholesale Market.


Omani Souq

Right behind the Wholesale Market lies the Omani Souq, a modest and unassuming warehouse thriving of interesting finds. Many of its goods are reportedly imported from Oman, which explains its name. Lining its narrow alleyways are sections dedicated to a mélange of items from nuts and spices to plants and authentic Omani frankincense. You can also access a wide variety of truffles, delicately carved clay pots, handmade baskets, and even straw hats! The section dedicated to a plethora of flower plants is an utter feast to the eyes, with colourful plants including chrysanthemums, sunflowers, hydrangeas, daisies, and the odd bonsai tree decorating the area.


Souq Waqif

One must definitely make time to visit the Souq Waqif when in Doha. Located quite close to properties such as Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar by Tivoli, it is one of the most traditional market places in the region. An ancient market site where the Bedouin tribes brought their cattle to be exchanged with other goods, it is a place that hides the Qatarian spirit of the centuries past. The entire market place is rebuilt to look like the 19th-century souq, with exposed wood beams and elegantly restored traditional Qatari buildings. One would be presented with a range of captivating trinkets such as intricately carved swords, daggers, and stunning Arabian jewellery. The livestock area would mesmerise you with its variety of four-legged creatures such as goats, camels, and beautiful Arabian horses


Doha Flea Market

The Doha Flea Market is a coming together of the aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators and promotes opportunity and sustainable growth of the Doha's community. A vintage market space attracting buyers from near and far, it is where you can purchase various fancy knick-knacks such as jewelled mirrors, pretty cushions, tempting fallalery, and clothing brands with Qatari inspiration. It is not held at a prescribed place; instead, various locations and dates in Doha are selected as the venue for this fun and exciting coming together of different types of markets.

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