No travel to Doha is complete without a wander through Souq Waqif, a stone's throw from the Qatar capital's famous Corniche. Plunked on the site where souqs have thrived for centuries, this maze of alleys laden with restored buildings is a fine introduction to what the Arabian Gulf region offers its visitors. The scents, colors and people are together a mosaic of all that travel to the Middle East offers to visitors.



A Persian confection of ghee, cardamom & almonds underway

A Persian confection of ghee, cardamom & almonds underway

Souq Waqif is also a great way to ease yourself into a visit to Qatar. The market's main thoroughfare boasts a bevy of restaurants with cuisines ranging from Iraqi to Malaysian; cafes with the ubiquitous wafts of apple tobacco flowing through shisha (hookah) pipes; and of course plenty of goodies from woven rugs to dish-dash festooned bobble-head dolls.

But the alleys are the reason to spend at least a couple hours in Souq Waqif. Cinnamon bark, dried lemons, frankincense, oud and Iranian confections are just a few of the treats that tease the nasal passages and make your mouth water. I included a few pictures here.



The Iranian candyman, Souq Waqif

The Iranian candyman, Souq Waqif

Storefront, Souq Waqif

Storefront, Souq Waqif

The souq alive at night

The souq alive at night

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.