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“a little hustle and bustle”
Review of Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif
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Msherieb Museums and Souq Waqif Tour
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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37 reviews
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“a little hustle and bustle”
Reviewed 10 December 2013

Its a nice break to go there and meander around the sites and sounds at Souk Waqif. Cafes and restaurants abound along with the usual trinkets and wares. The Souk has been re-built from scratch based on the Qatari style of old architecture, so authenticity is in doubt, but its still a place to enjoy the locale. Enjoy the Shisha and pass by the falcon building where falcons are sold and bought along with all their paraphernalia. A full vet hospital is also located there for the falcons, so if your an animal lover and prefer to see theses animals wild don't go there. No ill treatment and you can even have a photo-op if you so wish, its just not my thing. One of the surprises there was the horse patrols; men on horseback dressed in traditional Qatari style dishdashas and head gear with crisscrossed ammunition belts across their chests, patrol Souk Waqif, and kindly stop for you if you would like to take a photo. I was there just as the sun was setting and the play of shadows and light on the buildings and alleyways was one of the best things I enjoyed. So visit during the twilight hours so that you can experience the light and the evening in the Souk.

Visited December 2013
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Doha, Qatar
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“Perfect place to see architecture, people of Doha and enjoy a shisha.”
Reviewed 8 December 2013 via mobile

Perfect place to enjoy a shisha and good arabic food. Also good for seeing all cultures boasted by qatar's varied nationalities.
I recommend the restaurants with terrace on the upper floor. They tend to be the best...

Visited December 2013
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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“Well organized Souk”
Reviewed 6 December 2013 via mobile

In my opinion, this Souk is what a Middle Eastern souk should look like - sand coloured walls, spice shops and boisterous shopkeepers.

Some may feel that the place is not authentic as it was rebuilt from scratch in place of the original souk which stood here, but the souk is really well organized with various sectors, especially good for those who want to leverage upon compared prices to bargain further.

There is also a cluster of pet shops in the southern part of the Souk which makes for good photo opportunities.

From my conversation with a shopkeeper, I understand that the shops are open between 9am to noon, take a break for lunch and reopen around 3pm till late.

For the hungry visitor, you may find the restaurant cluster in the northern part of the Souk. These are open throughout the day.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Highly recommended”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Souk Waqif is like going back in time. It is an eye opener with its' rich cultural traditions and typical ally ways and shops. A lot of variety in food and great for antique shopping, materials, kaftans and spices. It is a family place and child friendly. Not for ladies wearing high heels though!

Visited December 2013
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Edinburgh, UK
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“The "take it or leave it" souk”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

Although not the original thing - Souq Waquif has been levelled and re-built from scratch - it has more life and excitement about it than anywhere else we visited in Doha (which can seem a wee bit shiny, sterile and newly unwrapped). Its different by day and by night and in addition to shopping offers some great eating, chilling and people watching options. Also, unlike most souks we've visited, there's very little hassle to buy. Its more of a "take it or leave it" sort of souk and while that's maybe not very genuine, its a lot more relaxing than your average middle eastern medina experience!

Visited November 2013
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