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The story behind Souq Waqif


A heritage market that’s more than 250 years old, a meeting point of thousands of vendors and buyers in Qatar- yes, that’s none other than the Souq Waqif.

Souq – Waqif: the real meaning

Souq means the market. Waqif, in Arabic, means standing. In the good times, vendors at this market used to stand up and show their goods to the buyers. So, this is how the name has come to practice. This market was immensely popular for spices, fish, wood, and clothes even in the past.

It’s not just a market experience

If you are holidaying at one of the hotels in Doha the likes of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels By Tivoli, this market is a must-visit. Even if you are with your kids, they can enjoy the donkey rides and amusement rides while you shop.

Best things to buy

Travellers from all around the world especially love the heritage jewellery street. You also find the best of handicrafts here, in addition to dry fruits, clothes, sweets, and spices.

It’s an eventful venue

It hosts different cultural festivals throughout the year. The Spring Festival. Dates Festival and Flower Festival are just some of those.




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