Doha is the capital and most populous place in Qatar. It is a city that is constantly evolving and changing as it morphs itself into one of the world’s most attractive cities. No skyscrapers spring up everyday, it is a city that oozes confidence and style and it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of shopping experiences, modern and old-fashioned available to enjoy here.
Another reason why Qatar is truly one of the up and coming places in the world is because of the copious shopping malls. Truth be told, you don’t have to travel far to reach a mall in Doha. One of the most well known is the Venetian-inspired Villaggio Mall, which has over 200 stores. However its indoor canal is its main draw. Here you can take a gondola ride and look up at a painted blue sky with scattered clouds, highlight the grandiose and alluring nature of this wonderful country.
Not only are there super amazing, modern malls but you can also appreciate the past and old traditions by visiting one of the many Souqs found in the country. One classic you just have to visit is Doha’s Souq Waqif for a true sense of the old world. The “standing market” has been rebuilt and renovated to evoke an atmosphere of previous days gone by. This legendary souq zig-zags with shops ranging from fabric, spices, sweets, household goods (think huge pots) souvenirs to beautiful art. To evoke the sense of the past, you will also find wood carvers and tailors working away, you’ll see for yourself how the traditional agals Qatari men wear to keep their head dress in place are made.