In one of the lovely new boutique hotels of Souk Waqif Jacqueline had organized a meet and greet with a very international group of business ladies; from English to Moroccan to Qatari power women. They had all fallen in love with Qatar, sometimes a Qatari man and/or enjoyed their work so much that they brave the sometimes unbearable temperatures, heavy traffic and sometimes difficult (social) life.
Walking around the Souk, I was mesmerized by the sights, the sounds and mostly the smells. Beautiful traditional architecture, small streets, clothes, household articles and traditional food for sale. Women dressed in black abaya’s, men in their white dish dash and children in bright modern clothes. Walking past the perfume alley, I got intoxicated by the lovely smells, the pure ingredients of the perfumes. I really felt like I found myself in the fairy tale of ‘Arabian nights’.
I loved the Souk, it was one of the highlights of my visit. think next time I would choose one of these Boutique hotels at the Souk to stay in stead of one of the international big hotels. Walk out of the door and be in the souk, a truly different world.
Jacqueline took also me to the Emirs horse stables, where many white stallions were enjoying the relative cool of the evening. Nearby was a part of the souk with a falcon hospital, shops selling falcons and accessories for falcon owners. It was a bit sad to see these beautiful animals with ‘caps’ on their heads to keep them quiet. But when I saw one without cap, he looked me straight in the eye. Apparently Emirates is the only airline that allows falcons to be taken aboard as ‘hand luggage’.