Souq Haraj awaits its inevitable fate in light of 2022
Souq Haraj in Najma, for years was the go-to place to both sell your old goods and to look for bargains. The woodwork shops at the Souq were moved out some years ago to the Industrial Area.
Though the souq patrons have dwindled in number, it still had a flavour of old Doha. Now, Souq Haraj, Qatar’s oldest market for used goods, is all set to be replaced by a huge commercial complex that will also accommodate two hotels, according to The Peninsula.
Chairman of Faisal Holding, Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, reported that his company is holding talks with the authorities of Souq Haraj as part of a handover procedure. The initiative to replace the souq, where shops that sold new and used furniture, carpets, utensils, electrical appliances and other items, stems from the company’s effort to add modern infrastructure facilities in preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Last year, a fire broke out at Souq Haraj at four furniture and building material shops, no casualties were reported.
Did you used to shop at Souq Haraj? Now that Souq Haraj is on its way out of Qatar’s budget shopping scene, where will you shop? Share your thoughts.
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