Souq Waqif (Arabic: سوق واقف Sūq Wāqif, “the standing market”) is a souq in Doha, in the state of Qatar. The souq is noted for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. It is also home to dozens of restaurants and Shisha lounges. Although it dates back at least a hundred years, it was renovated in 2006 to conserve its traditional Qatari architectural style. It is often perceived to be the only lasting area in Doha that retains an authentic feel notably in reference to its commerce, architecture and culture. The area is very popular with locals and expats alike (especially on weekends) as it offers multiple dining options in the same location.
It is located in the district of Al Souq which is situated in the center of Doha.
The souq is considered one of the best location for tourists within Doha. Thousands of people from across the region come to purchase goods.
A yearly spring festival around April hosts many theatricals, acrobatics and musical performances.
THINGS TO DO IN SOUQ WAQIF
*Shop for your wardrobe and home
*Go jewellery shopping at the Gold Souq
*Dine in style
*Try Shisha if not yet tried
*Learn about falconry
*Visit the Horse Stables
*Stay at a boutique hotel
*Grab bargain souvenirs
*Check out local art