Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif is an open-air marketplace, where traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs are being sold, located in Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar.

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The souq also houses dozens of restaurants and Shisha lounges. Most probably the souq was founded at least 100 years ago, on a dry riverbed known as Wadi Musheireb, which was the gathering place for Bedouins and locals who were trading livestock and goods.

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To conserve its traditional architectural style, in 2006 the government launched a restoration program with the purpose of preserving its architectural and historical identity. Buildings constructed after the 1950s were demolished whereas older structures were refurbished, finishing the whole project in 2008.

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As one of the most important landmarks of the city, and a major tourist spot, not only known for its spices and other traditional goods, it also has several art galleries, events and local concerts, and a 980 seat theater named Al Rayyan Theater is located within the souq.

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