Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif: Our most recommended tours and activities

Doha: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket with Audio Guide

1. Doha: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket with Audio Guide

See the sights of Doha at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket and audio guide. The double-decker bus has stops in all major city attractions such as Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village, the Pearl Qatar, and the Museum of Islamic Art. This ticket allows you to hop on at any stop along the bus route and to take your time at each stop as you wish. You'll also get to pass by some of the main hotels in Doha, such as the Marriott, the Sharq Village and Spa, the Sheraton, and the Hilton Hotel. Enjoy easy, stress-free redemption for your actual bus ticket from any of the kiosks located in Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village, the National Museum of Qatar, the Museum of Islamic Art, or the Hotel Park in Sheraton.

Doha: Souq Waqif, Katara, and Pearl-Qatar Island Guided Tour

2. Doha: Souq Waqif, Katara, and Pearl-Qatar Island Guided Tour

Dive into the city of Doha on a guided sightseeing adventure. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off within the city. Stop outside top attractions like the National Museum Of Qatar and the Dhow Harbor. Hop aboard a climate-controlled vehicle that picks you up at your doorstep in Doha and be whisked away. Soak up the sights in Corniche and West Bay on your way to the National Museum Of Qatar. Purchase a ticket for a deep dive into Qatar's rich heritage and culture.  Capture some pictures to share of the traditional wooden boats in Dhow Harbor. Travel to the Souq Waqif, where you can hunt for bargains at the colorful and glitzy shops. Breathe in the spice-scented air before heading to the Katara cultural village.  Stroll through the numerous art galleries, workshop spaces, exhibition areas, and performance arenas in Katara. Explore the Pearl-Qatar, an artificial island spanning nearly four square kilometers. Marvel at postcard-perfect views and majestic skyscrapers before returning to your hotel. 

Doha: Full-Day Combo City Tour and Desert Safari

3. Doha: Full-Day Combo City Tour and Desert Safari

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or the airport in Doha, and drive along the magnificent Corniche to see the old Dhow Harbor. Visit the cultural village of Katara and admire the artificial island of Pearl Qatar. Visit the traditional Souq Waqif bazaar to marvel at vendors selling spices, perfumes, traditional handicrafts, camels, and horses! Make your way south of the city, where the driver will deflate the tires to make the vehicle ready for the off-road dune bashing. Venture into the majestic desert, where you can go for a camel ride like an ancient nomad. Get an adrenaline rush as you drive across the dunes. Make your way to the magnificent Inland Sea to look across the border to Saudi Arabia.

Doha: City Tour and Dhow Boat Cruise

4. Doha: City Tour and Dhow Boat Cruise

Discover the charm of Doha city on this guided tour. Visit the main attractions and experience the modern and the traditional mix in this fascinating city. Start your tour with a pickup from your accommodation. Jump in the car, sit back, relax, and enjoy the panoramic drive along Doha Corniche, with time for a photo stop. Explore the West Bay area, and see the Pearl-Qatar artificial island and Katara Culture Village. Visit the Souq Waqif market, stroll around the colorful alleys, window-shop or enjoy shisha with friends and family. Have the option to buy traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Finally, finish your tour with a cruise on board a traditional dhow boat. See the glitz and glamour of Doha city from the water.

Doha: Private Night City Tour

5. Doha: Private Night City Tour

This tour is ideal for those who are in Doha city for a short visit and travelers who have a flight stop at Doha Airport and don't want to waste time waiting at the airport for their next flight. Travel with your expert tour guide through some of the city's top attractions, making stops for photos. Visit the Pearl, an artificial island located offshore of Doha's West Bay Lagoon area, known as the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals. Later you will visit Katara Cultural Village, located on the eastern coast between West Bay and the Pearl. Katara was born out of a vision to position the State of Qatar as a cultural beacon of art. The last stop will be at the traditional old supermarket (Souq Waqif). Here you will enjoy visiting the falcon shops, and you can admire the spices, materials, perfumes, and conventional handcraft shops.

Doha: Private City Tour

6. Doha: Private City Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and then drive along the Corniche to view the old Dhow Harbor and the west bay area. Next, head to the gold souq and be dazzled by the glittering items on display in all the different shops. Head next to Katara Culture Village, which hosts many seminars and cultural events promoting artists and their artwork. Continue to the Souq Waqif, noted for its traditional architecture and spice and perfume shops. Browse the traditional handicraft shops and discover areas dedicated to animals such as horses, and camels and an area reserved for falconing.

From Doha Airport: Qatar Transit Tour

7. From Doha Airport: Qatar Transit Tour

Make good use of transit through Hamad International Airport and get the perfect introduction to the beautiful city of Doha. Drive along the 7-kilometer Corniche road to admire the old part of the city and the unique buildings of West Bay. Next, visit an extraordinary artificial island created in the shape of an oyster, representing Qatar's roots. Move on to the cultural center of the Katara, home to a theater, opera house, galleries, and restaurants from different countries on the Arabian Peninsula. Learn more about the heritage and traditions of Qatar, and hear about the international, regional, and local festivals, workshops, performances, and exhibitions held at the heritage site. Fall in love with the lively Souq Waqif bazaar, a showpiece of the nation's traditional architecture, handicrafts, and folk art. Get dropped off at the airport in time for your onward flight.

Qatar Culture Tour and Local Meal Experience

8. Qatar Culture Tour and Local Meal Experience

Enjoy this history and culture tour of Qatar, during which you can enjoy the beauty of Qatar. This is a great way to spend your day! During your tour you will visit Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, which is a must-visit for anyone seeking to learn more about the rich cultural and archaeological history and heritage of the Arab and Islamic world. From cars, to carpets, it has it all. Afterwards, you will visit Katara culture village also named as the Valley of Cultures; this is an interesting place to visit for everyone, especially for those fascinated in traditions, theatre, art and architecture. Next you will head to Souq Waqif, noted for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts and souvenirs. It is also home to dozens of restaurants. Although it dates back at least a hundred years, it was renovated in 2006 to conserve its traditional Qatari architectural style. The area is very popular with locals and expats alike. You will have a chance to try local food in the Souq. Your last stop will be at Msheireb Museum, located in Msheireb Downtown Doha, the oldest part of the capital. The museum is a project by Msheireb Properties and it features four heritage houses with different themes. Altogether, you will learn about Qatar’s history and the start of the oil industry here.

Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

9. Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Doha and check out the city's most important cultural highlights. Explore Katara Village, a cultural complex built to resemble a traditional Qatari village. Learn about Qatari culture and history in a unique multi-use space named after the historical name used for Qatar prior to the 18th century. Check out a number of Katara's highlights including the open amphitheater, opera house, multipurpose cinema, beach, art gallery, children's cultural center, and theater society. Visit the aptly-named Grand Mosque, a newly-built state mosque opened in 2011. Admire the architectural fusion of traditional Arab style and modern features, including as many as 28 large domes covering the central hall and 65 domes covering the outer quadrangle. Then head to Souq Waqif, the city's largest traditional outdoor market. Peruse the traditional garments, spices, and handicrafts on offer and wander through the traditional falconry market and the gold market. Stop in at some of the dozens of restaurants and shisha lounges that make the market popular with locals and expats alike especially on weekends. Make a stop at Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center and marvel at its characteristic spiral minaret. Learn about the center's social, religious, and educational activities and check out the library onsite. Continue on to the famous Museum of Islamic Art built by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei. Choose to enter and view one of the world's most complete collections of Islamic art and artifacts sourced from three continents over 1,400 years. Finally, visit MIA Park, a popular park with locals who come to picnic, walk, and cycle.

Souq Waqif: Traditional Market Tour

10. Souq Waqif: Traditional Market Tour

Step into authentic daily life in Doha on this tour of the Souq Waqif marketplace. Explore the traditional shops and art galleries on display, and shop cooking spices, herbs, rose petals, incense, and more. Enjoy hotel, airport, or port pickup options. Souq Waqif in Doha is a showpiece of traditional architecture, handicrafts, and folk art, and was once a weekend trading area for the Bedouins. Souq Waqif means standing market. Falcon souq, spice souq, pet souq, gold souq, handicraft souq, and art galleries are just some of what you can see here. A visit to one of the falcon shops is an especially unique experience; some shopkeepers will allow you to photograph and handle the birds while explaining equipment and training. As you explore, get a chance to enjoy the regular displays of folk dance and music, particularly on festive occasions, and take authentic pictures. The only traditional souq to remain in the gulf, it’s now a charming labyrinth of narrow streets where visitors can bargain and purchase an amazingly diverse range of products.

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What people are saying about Souq Waqif

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 255 reviews

Our experience with them has been wonderful, our guide (Sadiq) speaks perfect English, and has an exquisite treatment that has made our visit to Doha so nice. He knows perfectly both the country and the culture, has a very notorious ease in the treatment, and has made our stay something extraordinary. Sadiq has been punctual, generous in the time that has exceeded even the corded without charging a penny more even though we offered it and at all times has been attentive in the service. We fully recommend him and wish him every success in his life on behalf of Yanira and myself. We will always have a beautiful memory of this city and the kind guide who accompanied us on this trip.

My husband and I were very impressed and pleased with our experience during our 9-hour stopover in Doha! Communication was smooth, efficient, and very punctual upon our arrival in the airport. Our guide allowed for plenty of time for us to get back to the airport and go through security while ensuring all of our priorities for our tour were met- including trying local tea, having a delicious authentic dinner, and seeing multiple different sites around the city! Highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a taste of Doha with limited time.

We had a Fanta time with our guide QANDEEL BILAL who was very knowledgeable. We added an additional tour to the north of Qatar and he suggest we move the show boat cruise to the evening so we could get the full beauty of the Qatar night skyline

My guide was professional, pleasant and on time. Took me to many photo stops and included was a visit to 4 small museums that I enjoyed. Would recommend this tour if you have a long layover in Doha. You can skip the meal and eat on your own.

We enjoyed our tour very much. It gives you a nice impression of Doha and Sadiq is a very good guide!