Saturday, February 18, 2012

Shopping in Doha City

Doha is a great shopping destination and one of the main attraction of the city. There are mainly three different kind of places to shop: Traditional Souqs, City center medium sized markets and large modern shopping malls.

Souqs and traditional markets

Souqs and traditional markets lie in the heart of Doha. They are the most popular places to shop where Qataris look for incense, perfume, spices,  jewelry, traditional clothes, … Souq Waqif is the one not to be missed if visiting Doha for the first time: It has been redesigned in 2004 but the atmosphere of old days when Bedouin tribespeople traded their goods is still there.

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Souq Waqif Doha
Standing Market - Souq Waqif Doha

Other markets

The other small markets located in the city center mostly sell fabrics, clothes or electrical goods. Most of them are nestling in modern 2 or 3 storey air conditioned buildings Best locations: Souq Faleh, Souq Al Jabar, Souq Al Ahmed. What you should know: Bargaining is the rule in all city center markets. You are expected to do so… Do not hesitate.

Shopping malls

Many western style malls have opened their doors in Doha these last years… The most famous ones are: City Centre Mall (Located in West Bay near Sheraton), The Mall, Land Mark, Hyatt Plaza, Royal Plaza, Al Salam Plaza, Villaggio (Italian theme – See picture above) … Opening hours: These malls are generaly open from 9am to 10pm. Visitors will find here modern classy shops selling International luxury fashion brands.
Landmark Shopping Mall Inside
Landmark Shopping Mall Inside

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