Shopping in Doha
Look no further than the local souqs if you’re looking for places with the best deals and the most authentic handmade items. The high-end malls and futuristic shopping complexes here are famous all over the world but you must check out the traditional local boutiques. You can find anything from live goats to pure silks and spices. Here are some of the most famous places here.
This is by far one of the most unique and exciting souqs in all of Souq Waqif. This vibrant street sells all things falcon; hoods, birds and their training material. You can look at the birds and if you go at the right time, you can see them being trained and exercised. But beware and do not try to touch them as they’re highly trained and dangerous. They cost more than a luxurious sports car!
Souq Waqif is the most popular and is flooded with tourists every day. You can have a delicious meal for a few dollars, enjoy a puff or two of shisha and watch as people pass you by on a busy Friday night. This market is built on a traditional Bedouin marketplace, so the designers that redesigned the modern site have lovingly kept the orthodox look of the place. You can easily reach here as it is only a few steps away from the best hotels in Doha such as Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli.
Souq Al Deira
After leaving Grand Hamad Street, turn left onto Al Jabr Street and go along Al Ahmed Street until it ends. In the square formed by Al Jabr and Al Tarbiya Streets, there is the Souq.
This shopping centre has the high-end, premium fabrics you want. This souq, surrounded by other souqs, is an indoor mall-like structure; you can tell this because of the towering arched windows and the signage posted on the outside of the building.
Souq Al Asiery
After passing Fanar: Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, Souq Faleh, and Souq Nasser Bin Saif turn off of Grand Hamad Street onto Al Tarbiya Street. The building, which is frequently referred to as Escalator Souq as a nod to the fact that it was the first souq in Doha to have an escalator, is crowded with everything from luggage shows and apparel to perfume, all crammed next to bargain fabric shops.