Qatar: Doha – Falcon Souq (Revisited)
The most beautiful part of Souq Wakif is the Falcon Souq – architecturally stunning arcaded buildings with bird shops on the first floor. Falconry is huge in Qatar and these elite shops will sell you top of the line falcons and falcon accessories – ropes, hoods, gloves, etc. Birds are fed and watered by the shopkeepers, and there is also the world’s only falcon hospital located within the premises of the souq. Falconry is by far the number one obsession of the Qatari elite, he birds are sold for around $3000 a pop, and we even saw Qatari men flying with falcons on commercial airliners.