Shopping & wellness Enjoying shopping is easy in Qatar’s traditional souqs and malls – as is relaxing in its spas
I Images, clockwise from below: shopping in Souq Waqif; the Sharq Village hotel; visitors enjoy some retail therapy; The Pearl
f you love shopping, you’ll simply adore Qatar. With a history built on trade, you’d expect the nation to have retail at its heart. Shopping is best showcased in Doha’s rich selection of traditional markets and souqs – chiefly the acclaimed Souq Waqif. This traditional cultural bazaar not only houses a variety of shops and stalls but restaurants serving everything from Yemeni to Malaysian cuisine. The Village restaurant is a great place for modern, casual dining. For views of the city whilst
you dine, try the Al Matbakh Rooftop. The Souq Waqif really is a must-see, and visitors will find everything from highquality pashminas and linen to traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. You’ll want to take the heady smell of the souq home, and the best way to do so is by snapping up some of the colourful loose spices.
Retail experiences A number of other souqs make up the shopping district, with streets dedicated to tailoring (Souq Al Deira); electronics
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Firmly fixated on the future, and with centuries of fascinating culture to celebrate, Qatar is an exciting, must-see destination