To see an expansive view of Doha, the Souq Waqif market is a must-visit spot! This area is one of the biggest and oldest market places in Doha and the many shops, restaurants and even hotels have a more local feel with a special charm that can't be found elsewhere in the city.
In the distance you'll be able to see the spiraling Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center.
Wide-angle lens (39mm)
Model (preferably on a motorcycle)
How to get there
N25° 17' 13.9812"E51° 31' 49.0296"
This image was taken across the street from Souq Waqif. The easiest way to get there is by taking a car or a cab to Souq Waqif. Alternatively, you can also take public transportation to reach Souq Waqif. On the Gold Line, get off at the stop "Souq Waqif".
Once you're in the area, reference the GPS coordinates to get to this particular view of the square from across Jassim Bin Mohammed St.
Look east for the view of Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, tall spiraling building in my featured image.
When to go
Morning, Mid-day, Late afternoon
This view of Souq Waqif and the Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center can be seen during any month, although I prefer the winter months when the weather is cooler.
Morning, midday and late afternoon you'll be able to capture similar lighting conditions.
This place is ideal for street photography, but while you're photographing, please be mindful of pedestrians and those driving on the street.
It's recommended that if you take a photo of someone's face, you ask their permission before you do so.
For a sense of symmetry and balance, position yourself so you're in line with the Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center.
I wanted a bit of motion in my shot, so I waited for a motorist to pass through my frame.
Explore the entirety of Souq Waqif! The open-air market has something for everyone whether you're looking to grab a bit to eat, shop, learn about local culture or just take a leisurely stroll. This place is very large, so I recommend spending the entire day here to get the full experience.