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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Maximum number of people: Unlimited
Location: City Tours
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Overview

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.

Tour’s Program

For a glimpse of Qatari heritage, don't miss the Falcon Souq. You only have to see the scale of the market, afforded its own traditional arcaded building off Souq Waqif, to understand the place of falconry in Qatari society.
Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital is walkable from Souq Waqif. Here, falconers bring their falcons (~100 are seen each day) to be treated for injuries (damaged feathers, lost talons), cured of illness and given routine inspection. Again, the seriousness with which Qatar has invested in its falconry history is apparent.
Publicly accessible stables near the Falcon Souq containing Arabian horses, training grounds, cleaning facilities and resting stalls.
Housed in an attractive two-storey lantern-lit building that fronts onto Souq Waqif, this center is filled with galleries and artists' studios. Artists work on paintings, sculpture and other creations on-site, and there are often artists in residence.
Creativity abounds everywhere you look in Souq Waqif. Your first arty port of call must be the Handicrafts Center, with its entrance between Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel and Damasca One. Branching off, are small workshops with craftsmen inside demonstrating their age-old skills for souvenirs and gold crafted objects and more.

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