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Souq Waqif in Al Wakrah soft opens to the public

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Souq Waqif Al Wakrah
Souq Waqif Al Wakrah

A new massive souq in Al Wakrah has partially opened to visitors, providing a new hangout for Qatar residents who feel like taking a stroll, relaxing or shopping.

The market, which is behind the Al Wakrah petrol station, next to the port, stretches some 3km along the town’s cost, with a Corniche for people to walk along.

So far, about a dozen shops and restaurants have opened to the public, according to the Peninsula. A full opening is apparently set for January.

Souq Waqif Al Wakrah
Souq Waqif Al Wakrah

There is also a mosque and ample parking.

Set to look like a cross between Qatar’s original Souq Waqif and Katara Cultural Village, the Al Wakrah market will eventually be home to hundreds of shops and eateries, and includes Al Aker Sweets and Royal Tandoor restaurant.

The project has been in the works for at least seven years, and is part of a master plan to transform the former south coast fishing village of Al Wakrah to include more recreational, leisure and heritage offerings.

According to the Peninsula, restaurants and shops at the souq are open between 10am and 11pm daily.

Have you seen the market yet? Thoughts?

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Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago

Do they have shisha

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago

so far no

Peter Draper
6 years ago

actually we were there a few hours ago and people were smoking Shisha outside the Coast Cafe…… it’s nice there at the new Souq but it is far from ready, only a handful of cafes open and Royal Tandoor looked busy, but I think it will be very nice there once it is finshed

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Sounds good, I’ll visit. Anything to split up the population around the country is to be welcomed.

I wish it had some bars or restaurants you could sit outside and have a nice glass of wine with your meal.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

errr… no

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

I know it won’t happen and I accept that.

Enceladus
Enceladus
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You can always order pasta with some tomato sauce. Maybe we are lucky!

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Enceladus

Yes, I’ll have the spaghetti and 6 pints of sauce please….

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Go to the pearl…ohh hang on..that’s right…

Peter Draper
6 years ago

We’re having lunch in Al Wakrah now, thanks for the tip, we will drive down and check it out

Barry Irshid
Barry Irshid
6 years ago

That’s fantastic and I love the idea. As MIMH mentioned, “Anything to split up the population around the country is to be welcomed.”

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed

Souq waqif is in Doha … It’s name comes from “waqif”=standing, when all the merchants had to stand up when it was flooded by the rain overflowing the wells in msheireb.

I wouldn’t use “souq waqif” to name another souq….

The souq in wakrah was known by many names, including “souq alseef” the beach market… I would have used that name.

AEC
AEC
6 years ago

We can and probably will use that.

usmankv
usmankv
6 years ago

Good information about “Souq Waqif”

terracotta
terracotta
6 years ago

thanks for the heads up on that

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

souq waqf franchise!

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed
Reply to  fullmoon07

This dilutes the Waqif brand …

Ali
Ali
6 years ago

If someone wants shop in Wakra souq so where he can contact?

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