For your shopping needs at prices you can afford, why not try the central markets in Qatar? This shopping destination has been around in Qatar, with Hassad Food in charge of regulating the markets.
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With the central markets under a regulating agency known as ASWAQ, you can now find these establishments in pivotal locations in Doha. So if you are looking for an affordable destination, then the central markets could be a worthwhile trip for you.
Shopping for Essentials
There are three operational central markets in Doha. Not only will you find fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat, but you can also find accessories for your home or as gifts for friends. If you have time to shop and travel, come to any of these central markets.
Al Sailiya Central Market
Whether you are looking for retail or wholesale items, Al Sailiya Central Market has everything you need and more. You can find fruits and vegetables in bulk, along with other traditional fruits found in Qatar. Some of these items are also imported. There is also one portion at the Central Market where you can get fresh fish and other seafood.
If you are searching for accessories for your home, you can find jars and baskets in the shops. Marvel at the colorful designs that you can use at home, or you can get these as souvenirs for your loved ones.
Shopping in the Central Market is comfortable because it is air-conditioned. Most importantly, there are also vendors that offer free tastings of their fruits.
Location: Street 1225, Sailiyah
Getting to Al Sailiya Central Market: Take the green line of the Doha Metro.
Hours of Operation: Saturday to Thursday – 6 am to 8 pm / Friday 6am to 10 am, 3 pm to 8 pm
Al Wakrah Central Market
For your livestock needs, Wakra Central Market is the place to go. To complete the livestock needs, you can also find fodder and grains to feed any livestock. There is also an automated slaughterhouse, so you can be sure that you are buying only the freshest meat.
On the other hand, if you need fruits, dried fruits, and vegetables, you can find these at Aswaq Wakra too.
Aside from food, you can also find affordable clothing and other traditional bazaar finds in this market.
Location: Mesaleed Road, Al Wakrah
Getting to Wakra Central Market: Take the Doha Metro Red Line. Alternately, you can take the bus 737 line
Hours of Operation: Daily – 6 am to 6 pm
Umm Salal Central Market
The fish market that you know in Abu Hamour has become part of Umm Salal Central Market. When you visit this central market, you will see various types of fishes in different sizes and shapes.
But your trip here will be worth your time. Aside from the seafood, you can also find dried nuts, cooking materials, fruits, and vegetables. There are also livestock and slaughterhouses being offered on the other side of the marketplace.
If you are looking for convenience, this market is also air-conditioned, so you can do your shopping without worrying about the heat. You can also find a cafeteria if you want to refuel in the middle of your shopping.
Keep in mind that most of the vendors only accept cash payments, so be sure to bring small bills. To get quality products, go to the market early so you can get the best merchandise for the day.
Location: Bu Fasheela, Saman Road
Getting to Umm Salal Central Market: Take the Doha Metro Red Line until Lusail, then take a taxi.
Hours of Operation: Saturday to Thursday – 6 am to 10 pm / Friday – 6 am to 10:30 am, 3 pm to 10 pm
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