Baraha Souq unites culture, community and creativity
November 16 2019 11:00 PM
Baraha Souq opens on November 22.
Baraha Souq opens on November 22.


The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) will take the community back to the roots of traditional Arabian courtyards this month by welcoming visitors to Baraha Souq, it has been announced.

Opening on November 22, Baraha Souq is set to be a vibrant artisan market that takes place every other weekend. The market has been carefully curated to showcase and support local makers and food producers and provide a welcoming stage for cultural engagement, Qatar Museums (QM) has said in a statement.

Baraha Souq enables the Baraha area of NMoQ to follow its time-honoured custom of being a place where traders and travellers meet to sell goods. People can browse and buy locally designed and made art, jewellery, fashion and accessories, wellness products, homeware,

speciality coffee and food — including local date products. Visitors can also discover more about Qatar’s traditions and customs, with a range of activities that offer fun, immersive experiences.

Ahmad al-Namla, acting CEO of QM, said: “The preservation of cultural heritage forms a key pillar in Qatar Museums' mission of creating a strong cultural sector within the country. By launching Initiatives such as the Baraha Souq, we are helping put local communities, young and old, in touch with their past, reminding them of the skills, wisdom and struggles of their ancestors.

"We hope that today's entrepreneurs can find inspiration in the traditional Arabic courtyards of on Saturday."

Baraha Souq is operated by IN-Q Enterprises in partnership with Torba Markets, founders of the successful Torba Farmers’ Market. IN-Q Enterprises is the commercial arm of Qatar Museums and works to enable QM to achieve its vision: to cultivate artists and creative networks, and promote and sustain the highest standards for community engagement, creativity and enjoyment in Qatar and beyond.

Philip Lawrie, general manager of IN-Q Enterprises, added: “Baraha Souq provides local artisans and food producers with the opportunity to bring their products to a wider audience. Visitors can buy unique products that are handcrafted in Qatar. They can meet the makers, support their development and experience a closer connection to the country’s people and place.”

The Museum Souq will open on November 22 and continue until May 2020.

Initially, the market will be open every second Friday and Saturday, increasing in frequency in the coming months. The opening times are Fridays from 2pm to 7pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 7pm.

Local brands and artisans can make enquires about stalls via [email protected]

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