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Qatar shoppers keeping cool at massive indoor Ramadan souq

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All photos by Reem Saad

Thousands of residents are flocking to a new indoor Ramadan market at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) in West Bay this month.

The souq, which opened over the weekend and will run through June 24, includes 250 booths from 25 countries with various goods, including antiques, jalabiyas, perfumes, carpets, jewelry, makeup and food.

During recent visits there, several vendors could be heard calling to passers-by to marvel at their collections, while others stood in front of their kiosks, gesturing and welcoming visitors by providing them with samples.

Ramadan souq at DECC
Ramadan souq at DECC

As their parents bargained with sellers, children ran around the spacious, maze-like venue.

The exhibition’s other main attractions include an entertainment section for several cultural performances, games and competitions, as well as live Islamic shows and sermons by renowned speakers on selected nights.

An entertainment center, “Game City,” is also opened and includes games like paintball, a race kart and mini football.

Ramadan souq at DECC
Ramadan souq at DECC

The souq is open Saturday to Thursday from 11am to 3pm and then 8pm to 1am. On Fridays, it’s open from 8pm to 1am. Ramadan activities are open daily from 9:30am to 11:30pm, and “entertainment city” is open from 8pm to 2am daily.

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