Souq Waqif is certainly the most attractive and vibrant souq in Doha, not to mention its historical status. It’s not just a tourist attraction but locals come to look for traditional Qatari goods as well. (See “What can you buy in Souq Waqif“) However, there are souqs that specialize in different merchandise which also make them one of a kind. Here are some other souqs.
The Falcon Souq is yet another amazing experience that you shouldn’t miss. Falconry is one of the favourite hobbies of Qatari men. It can get rather obsessive. In Falcon Souq, you can buy anything from the falcons to all rearing and training equipment.
The Gold Souq is very close to Souq Waqif. A few of the shops still sell bullion though most other shops focus on gold and silver jewellry with or without precious stones. All golden jewellery sold has a government stamp to prove its purity. It’s well worth a visit even you don’t intent to buy. The shopkeepers are not pushy.
Opening hours: Saturday~Thursday 9a.m.- noon, 4p.m.- 8p.m. Friday 4p.m. – 8p.m.
Â Located behind the Salwa Central Market, Omani Souq is small yet comprehensive. It sells a big range of goods – from spices, nuts and dried fish, to perfume and incense burners. Camel sticks and other household items can be found here too.
Another Souq Waqif, Al Wakrah
After the big success of the original Souq Waqif in Al Jasra, the government has decided to replicate it and build another one in Al Wakrah. It was designed to be a mix of the original Souq Waqif and Katara Cultural Village.