We made our first stop of the morning Tour in Doha Qatar at Souq Waqif.
This, like most Middle East souqs, is labyrinthine and today it stands about 200 meters from the harbour, though the land immediately along the water is reclaimed – so the Souq Waqif must have originally been immediately on the shore.
Our local guide in Qatar gave us an interesting overview of the souq and after giving us a time and meeting place we could explore independently.
The souq dates back about a century, however recently its been more, or less, rebuilt with help from a fire a few years ago.
Wandering in the back areas there is a Falcon Souq, and clearly a happy owner. A couple of triplets of horses were ridden around, adding a touch of interest.
From the souq we drove to Museum of Islamic Art, though its so close we could have walked. Its relatively new and sits on its own peninsula in Doha’s old harbour.
The museum is not only purpose built, but practically all the exhibits were recently purchased, perhaps specifically for it.
The result is a relatively large space that’s underused, or gives space to display each item, depending on your viewpoint.
Combined the souq and museum make for a great time in Doha.