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Souq Waqif: Our most recommended tours and activities

Doha: Dhow & Double Decker City Tour

1. Doha: Dhow & Double Decker City Tour

Following convenient pickup from the airport or any location in Doha, you will be dropped at the Dhow Port to board a traditional wooden dhow. Cruise around the city’s iconic Corniche waterfront, enjoying the 7-kilometers of metropolis skyline.  Head north to the modern and luxurious island development of The Pearl-Qatar. Experience the busy city and the view of the skyscrapers from the waterside. Upon arriving at The Pearl-Qatar hop-on a double decker bus for a city tour. See Mediterranean-style yacht-lined marinas, upmarket residential towers, villas and internationally renowned hotels. After your city tour on the double decker you will be dropped off at Souq Waqif where your shuttle transport vehicle will return you to your accommodation.

Doha: City Tour and Dhow Boat Cruise

2. 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 and relax and enjoy the panoramic drive along Doha Corniche, with time for a photo stop. Then, explore the West Bay area, and see the Pearl-Qatar artificial island and Katara Culture Village.  Visit the Souq Waqif market, enjoy a stroll around the colorful alleys, window-shop or enjoy shisha with friends and family, if you like. Need to get souvenirs? No worries, you can 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

3. Doha: Private Night City Tour

This tour is ideal forthose who are in Doha city for a short visit as well as 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, which is an artificial, man-made 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 at 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 traditional handcraft shops.

Doha: Half-Day City Tour with Msheireb Museums

4. Doha: Half-Day City Tour with Msheireb Museums

Get picked up from your hotel within Doha city limits by your tour guide, then set off to see the most well-known sights in this half-day city tour. Head on to the first destination, the Msheireb Museums, and observe the four historic heritage houses that offer the unique aspects of Qatar's cultural and social development.  Later, proceed to Dhow Harbour to take amazing photos during a photo stop and see the traditional boats that cruise over the Arabian Peninsula.  Then, head over to the Katara Cultural Village - a famous cultural beacon that hosts international, regional, and local workshops, exhibitions, and festivals.  After this, move on to the luxurious island named The Pearl - a cluster of more than 200 islets and islands. Next, proceed to Souq Waqif to witness culture and tradition blend in this shopping experience.  The next destination is Doha Corniche, which stretches along Doha Bay where the carriageway, palm-fringed promenade, and breeze provide a varied feel. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back at your hotel.

Doha: 24-Hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

5. Doha: 24-Hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

Enjoy the city of Doha at your own pace on this hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour. The double-deck buses run every 30-40 minutes, with stops at all major city attractions such as Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village, and the Pearl Qatar and Museum of Islamic Art, just to name a few. You'll also pass by some of the main hotels in Doha, such as the Marriott, the Sharq Village and Spa, the Sheraton, and the Hilton Hotel. This tour allows you to take your time at each stop as you wish, and is valid for 24 hours once the ticket is redeemed. With unlimited rides around the city, you can hop on at any of the main branded bus stops located at Souq Waqif, Sheraton Park, and the Katara Cultural Village. When you purchase this tour you will also receive free access to the night tour, which is a relaxing 1-hour drive around the city during which you will see the city's beautiful landmarks by night.

From Doha Airport: Qatar Transit Tour

6. From Doha Airport: Qatar Transit Tour

Make good use of a 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 an amphitheater, 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.

Doha: City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

7. Doha: City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

Commence the day with pickup from your hotel or selected location by the tour guide in an air-conditioned vehicle. Then, head to the Msheireb Museums and observe the four historic heritage houses that show the unique aspects of Qatar's cultural and social development. Next, continue to Dhow Harbor to take photographs and check out the traditional boat cruise through the Arabian Peninsula. Head to the Katara Cultural Village, which hosts festivals, exhibitions and local workshops. After this, proceed to Pearl island, a collection of 200 small islands. Next, head to the Doha Corniche, a palm-bordered promenade facing Doha Bay. Then, continue to Souq Waqif to observe the blends of tradition and culture at this local market.  Your safari guide will pick you up from Souq Waqif and transport you to the desert terrains in a 4x4 Land Cruiser. Reach the Sealine Beach and enjoy the panoramic view of the desert and take pictures.  You can take part in a camel-riding session while the vehicle gets ready for dune bashing. Proceed to enjoy the dune bashing experience, where the Land Cruiser rides up and down the mighty dunes. Later on, try out sandboarding, where you slide down the dunes. Then, you will be taken to the Inland Sea of Khor Al Adaid, near the border with Saudi Arabia. You will then be transferred back to your hotel or selected location in Doha.

Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

8. 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

9. 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 230 reviews

Highly recommend this tour to anyone who is in Doha for the first time! You can see a lot of this city. The guide explains everything in English on request. If you have special requests, they will also be fulfilled. The pick up at the hotel was smooth and also the communication via WhatsApp. Highly Recommended !!!

Excellent tour of Doha-perfect for a quick layover, saw a little bit of everything. Our tour guide Javid was very friendly, knowledgeable, on time and attentive to us. We enjoyed it all but the Dhow cruise was the best part.

Great! When you book ask for MR. QANDEEL BILAL you won’t be disappointed. By the way, he also provided us with wifi in his SUV (which we needed to check the status of the results of our COVID test). :-)Doc

It's a perfect tour where you can get to know several sights of DORAH! And the education of employees is a 10!

Could not do the tour due to not being able to process the Covid requirements.