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Weekend MIA Park Bazaar opens with 50 stalls

حديقة متحف الفن الإسلامي تفتتح بازار نهاية الأسبوع بـ 50 كشك


Doha: The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park exuded a more vibrant vibe yesterday with the opening of MIA Park Bazaar, a weekend market which is a modern take on Qatar’s old souq tradition.

Around 50 stalls offering a wide variety of products attracted hundreds of buyers during the bazaar’s opening day yesterday evening. They thronged the stalls offering ready-to-wear clothes, caps, footwear, shayla, sunglasses, bags, and wallets.

Jewellery, watches, cosmetics, fragrances, and other accessories also were crowd-pullers at the bazaar. The stalls representing home-based businesses also sold toys, handicraft, home display items and sumptuous home-cooked cuisines to the visitors.

“The bazaar is a great place to be during weekends because of the nice weather and the variety of products sold at cheap prices, some of which can’t be found in the market,” said Martha, one of the regular visitors who bought some accessories as a gift to her friends.

 “I found these unique necklaces and bracelets which are perfect to gift my friends when I fly home next month,” she added.

With the diverse mix of products on sale, the bazaar, which is located just adjacent to the museum, becomes a one-stop shop for many visitors.

“It’s the food that attracts me to come here every time and I’m happy to know the bazaar started today. There are some really delicious food to sample here,” said Amit, one of the visitors who dropped by the bazaar with friends after looking at the exhibition currently running at MIA.

While many people flocked to check out and buy items from the bazaar, others enjoyed the cold weather having picnic with friends and family or simply walking around the park. 

Children also had fun flying kites, skating and biking around while others took to the park’s playground to enjoy  the various play equipment on the final days before schools resume this coming week.

The bazaar is open on Fridays from 2pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 12 noon to 8pm until April 25.

When it was launched in February 2012, the bazaar was held first Saturday of every month, except in summer. Later it was expanded to every Saturday and since 2016 it started operating on Fridays and Saturdays.

One of the major destinations in Qatar, the MIA Park also features a number of cafes and kiosks as well as public art installations including the “7” steel sculpture designed by famous artist Richard Serra and the 10-piece sculptural work by Liam Gillick called “Folded Extracted Personified.”

By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula

الدوحة: أثارت حديقة متحف الفن الإسلامي (MIA) أجواءً نابضة بالحياة أمس بافتتاح سوق MIA Park Bazaar ، وهو سوق عطلة نهاية الأسبوع الذي يعتبر تجربة عصرية لتقاليد السوق القديمة في قطر.

استقطب حوالي 50 كشكًا تقدم مجموعة واسعة من المنتجات المئات من المشترين خلال يوم افتتاح السوق مساء أمس. احتشدوا في الأكشاك التي تقدم الملابس الجاهزة والقبعات والأحذية  والنظارات الشمسية والحقائب والمحافظ.

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