Cheering fans, cultural events and music performances – the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 fever is gripping every corner at Doha's Souq Waqif.
Thousands flock there spend their evening, strolling through the corridors, with many taking the opportunity to sample Arabian dishes.
One of the prime tourism destinations in Doha and a favourite heritage attraction, Souq Waqif has its walls adorned with flags and sporting artistic installations, with big screens installed at various places.
The corridors are decorated with sculptures that reflect the spirit of the World Cup.
“The souq is the place where one can truly sense the World Cup joy the country is now experiencing,” a shop owner told *Gulf Times. “We are witnessing a huge flow of visitors from afternoon to midnight.”
On Wednesday Souq Waqif hosted cultural programmes by Senegal fans and Afghan community members who danced in tune to the traditional music.
Souq Waqif is located at the heart of Doha, near tourist spots such as Msheireb Downtown Doha and the Corniche.
The authorities have set up bus services from various parts of Doha to Souq Waqif, while shuttle services are available to various tourism destinations.
There are volunteers and staff to guide members of the public to the nearby Souq Waqif Metro Station, which is always busy with visitors as well as Qatar residents.
Discover Qatar has also opened a counter at Souq Waqif to offer information and brochures to tourists.
Souq Waqif is also hosting heritage events that celebrate and highlight local and Arab heritage, introducing Qatari and Arab customs and traditions.
“We came here since we didn’t want to miss the vibe,” said Daniel Hervey from the US. “The souq is really enthralling with its features that include the architectural structure and warm hospitality.”
Souq Waqif is open 24 hours during the World Cup.

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