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Qaryat al Beri Souk

Photo: Courtesy of Qaryat Al Beri

Venetian-themed Arabian souk

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The Qaryat Al Beri Souk’s atmosphere is hard to beat. Situated amidst a glittering network of Venetian-style waterways, the sprawling two-storey market is best approached by abra (think a gondola, Arabian-style).

Despite all the traditional flourishes - arched windows and oud-scented corridors - the place has the trademark sheen of a new development. The bazaar has an incongruous mix of traditional apparel, upmarket lingerie (care of Le Perla) and antiques, and while the shops do attract their fair share of paying customers, it’s the fine dining, al fresco views and happening nightspots that keep this place busy.


Quick facts

Open: Daily: 10am - 9pm
Address: Al Khaleej Al Arabi St., between the Maqtaa Bridge and Mussafah Bridge
Phone: +971 2 558 1670



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