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The best shopping destination in Doha depends on what exactly you want to buy. If high-end fashions are what you seek, then visit the Pearl-Qatar, a man-made island that spans nearly 4 million square meters (or almost 4.5 million square feet) and is said to be the most exclusive address in the Middle East. Visitors will enjoy walking along the Pearl’s striking marina in between shopping for designer wear, like silky Vera Wang dresses and sleek Armani suits. There are even Ferrari and Rolls-Royce showrooms. If you don’t want to break the bank, there is much more affordable retail for sale at City Center Doha, the city’s largest mall, located in Doha’s West Bay neighborhood.
The Arabic market Souq Waqif is the best place to pick up a traditional souvenir for your friends back home, like pashmina scarves, an Arabic oud (a lute), dhow (traditional Gulf boat) replicas and even Qatari antiques. Across the street is the Gold Souq where you can splurge on the many glittering rubies, gold and pearls for sale. Just don’t be afraid to haggle with the friendly shopkeepers to get a good deal.