The Souq Waqif building is more than 100 years old and is located near the Musheireb Valley in Doha
The construction of the building was recently started in 2006 as part of the program to preserve the country’s architectural and historical identity, and it reopened in 2008.
The market is very popular with locals and expatriates in Doha, and it is considered one of the most famous and visited tourist places in Qatar.
The Waqif Market is distinguished by selling traditional clothes, spices, handicrafts and souvenirs. It also includes dozens of restaurants that serve traditional and international meals.
The market includes many narrow alleys that breathe a sense of fragrant romances of ancient history, along with Al Rayyan Theater.

A front view of the Souq Waqif in Doha

Activities you can do

• You can walk around the maze-like market corridors, and there are many shops where the various traditional commodities are available.

The corridors of Souq Waqif in Doha

• You must tour the traditional fabric markets, where you can watch and buy many textiles, gifts and amazing decorative items.

The Tissue Gallery in Souq Waqif in Doha

• The market also includes many shops specialized in selling distinctive souvenirs, in terms of wood carvings, glass and metal parts, and others.

Souvenir shops in the Souq Waqif in Doha

• Do not forget to pass the famous spice market, which includes all kinds of spices, traditional Qatari grains, and Arabic varieties, along with some international spices.

Spice Gallery at Souq Waqif in Doha

• If you love pets, you can find them in the animal sale gallery that includes parrots, rabbits, cats and other animals.

Pet arcade at the Souq Waqif in Doha

• You have to go through the Al Rayyan Theater, which can accommodate about a thousand people, and you may be lucky to attend one of the concerts that is famous for.

Al Rayyan Theater in Souq Waqif in Doha

• Visit the Souq Waqif Center for the Arts, which brings together a selection of small shops displaying some handicrafts.

The Art Center in Souq Waqif in Doha

• Then eat a traditional meal in one of the market restaurants, or some refreshments and sweets in one of the cafes overlooking the arcades of the shops.

Souq Waqif restaurants in Doha


Daily from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., except for Friday, when visitors start from 2 p.m.

Hotels near Souq Waqif in Doha

Banana Island Resort Anantara is a 5-star Doha hotel with great reviews, and is 400 meters from the Souq Waqif in Doha
Summary of Arab visitor ratings
The location is excellent and close to services, the staff is excellent, and the breakfast is varied and delicious.
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Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel Tivoli is a 5-star hotel in Doha, Qatar, with very good reviews, and it is 100 meters from Souq Waqif in Doha
Summary of Arab visitor ratings
The location is great in the heart of Souq Waqif, the staff is very helpful, the breakfast is varied, the services are excellent.
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Souq Waqif site in Doha

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