Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar

by Renae

Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar, originally uploaded by CarolinaRen.

This oversized card comes from Afendi (thank you!), an Indonesian working in Doha, far from his home. He discovered my blog, commented, and a postcard trade soon followed!

This image comes from a painting by Rosemary Morrell. It shows the Souq Waqif traditional market in Doha. Souq Waqif means “standing water” — it is so named because in days long past, Doha was a small village split by the Wadi river, along whose banks vendors would gather to sell their wares. As the water often ran into the streets, vendors were forced to stand — thus the name “standing water.” The Souq has been recently restored and is, according to Wiki, one of the top tourist attractions in Doha!

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