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Welcome to Souqs


Doha is world-famous for its collection of souqs, which are (largely open-air) market-places selling a wide variety of goods. Shopaholics will feel as though they've died and gone to heaven when perusing Doha's incredible range of souqs, where anything and everything can be bought. The most famous of Doha's traditional market-places is the Souq Waqif ('the Standing Market'), which sells gorgeous traditional garments (including Bedouin cloth), spices, perfumes, handicrafts and the best range of authentic Qatari souvenirs (such as dullahsand khawas, traditional coffee pots and small accompanying cups). Souq Waqif also has a fine selection of restaurants and food stalls turning out everything from traditional fare to international cuisine, and a couple of popular shisha bars (such as Le Gourmet). Tourists looking to buy jewellery or gold in Doha should check out the Gold Souq; while those seeking a unique cultural experience should check out the Camel Souq and Falcon Souq (both located in downtown Doha's E-Ring), where you will be amazed at the prices that these magnificent animals can fetch. Whether you're a committed shopper or just an eager tourist looking to get to grips with the local culture, Doha's souqsare a fine place to spend many hours of your Qatar holiday. Be prepared to haggle: this is a normal and accepted part of the shopping experience.

Information & Facts

Arabic is the official language, but English is widely used.

The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR), which divides into 100 dirhams. The Riyal exchange rate is pegged to the US Dollar at QR 3.65. Money and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, the airport and exchange dealers. To avoid additional charges it is best to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. The main bank branches are on Grand Hamad Street in Doha. Banks are open Saturday to Thursday 8am to 1pm and some are open into the evening. ATMs are available on the main streets of the cities and towns, at banks and in shopping malls and most shops, hotels and restaurants accept international credit cards.

Local time is GMT +3.
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