Posted 19th of September 2019

A Taste of Culture in the Heart of Doha

Manisha Choudhari

Today Qatar is home to several skyscrapers and some amazing restaurants & resorts. However, it hasn’t forgotten its past. While Doha offers visitors a taste of glitz & glamour, it also gives them a chance to soak in culture.

If you’re looking to indulge in Qatari culture, there’s no better place to stay than Souq Waqif. While the open-air market itself takes you back in time with its narrow lanes, it is perfect should you want an experience of Old Doha. Where vendors sell old Arabic coffee pots, perfumed oils, antique silver, carpets, handicrafts, spices, souvenirs, incense sticks, Pashminas, and Bedouin weaving, the Souq is unforgettably colorful.

No trip here is complete without visiting the horse stables. With free entrance, the stables take you back to a time when horses were people’s preferred mode of transportation. Close by is Falcon Souq, where you can see thousands of these birds and pass shops selling falconry equipment. One can also request shop owners to have a falcon perch on your arm. Falconry has been in Qatar for ages, and many Qataris still practice it. You can also head to the Gold Souq close by to get some stunning jewelry.

Souq Waqif is where one can enjoy a lovely cup of Karak or Turkish coffee, and indulge in some people watching over shisha. It also houses some incredible restaurants such as The Village, Al Terrace, and Parisa. Moreover, there are a number of boutique hotels that let you stay within the Souq. The traditional market is by some of Doha’s best cultural spots, such as the Museum of Islamic Art, Al Fanar, Katara Cultural Village, and Al Koot Fort.