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An update on Qatar’s old ‘mobile phone souq’

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By Victoria Scott

Rendering of the forthcoming Souq Najada complex. Credit: UCC

It’s been almost five years since Doha’s Souq Najada, known as the “mobile phone souq,” was closed down and demolished.

At the time, many of the shop owners there relocated their businesses, and the fate of the property remained unknown.



Former Souq Najada, circa 2012. Credit: Omar Chatriwala/Doha News

Now, a new mixed-use development that includes shops, a 126-room hotel and a multi-story car park is in the works.

Progress

Developers UrbaCon (UCC) have been working on the site opposite Souq Waqif and recently shared images of their progress online.

The new Souq Najada complex. Credit: UCC

However, despite an original completion date of April 2016, the photos show that there is much work left to do on the project.

The new Souq Najada complex. Credit: UCC

When completed, the area will have a “wide range of holistic facilities” for Doha residents, including a book shop, UCC said.

The developer is also building a hotel on the site of the former Souq Ahmed bin Ali, which was demolished in 2015.

That souq, which is nearby to the old Najada site, included a collection of shops that sold linen, clothing and household goods.

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