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Story | Community
26 October 2019

QF welcomes shoppers and families to first Friday Souq at Education City


The new market in Oxygen Park is hosting a variety of stalls and activities, suitable for all members of the community, every Friday for the next seven weeks

Qatar Foundation has held its first Friday Souq, with community members of all ages making their way to Oxygen Park in Education City to see what it has to offer. 

Visitors to the family-friendly market found something to suit all tastes, including a diverse range of stalls selling food, clothes, handmade products and other goods, as well as a children's playground and an array of activities including painting, coloring, and henna. The Friday Souq also has a kids’ care facility where parents can leave their children to play while they shop.

These events are an ideal opportunity for all members of the community to visit QF

Hessa Al-Marri

“I was keen to come to Education City to experience the Souq for the first time, because I have visited the Torba Farmers Market at QF regularly with my children,” said Hessa Al-Marri, a visitor to the Friday Souq. “These kinds of events always have a pleasant atmosphere, and Oxygen Park is an excellent location, where various outdoor activities can be enjoyed.

The Friday Souq at Education City’s Oxygen Park offers a range of stalls and family-friendly activities. 

The market will be open every Friday until December 13 for all members of the community to visit and enjoy.

"These events are an ideal opportunity for all members of the community to visit QF and see the facilities here, including the Education City Mosque, we look forward to coming to QF for more activities in the future.”  

Abdallah Al Yusuf said: “I chose to spend part of the weekend at the Friday Souq at Oxygen Park because it allowed me to take my family for lunch and shopping.  

“Being here in the afternoon in good weather meant we have already had a good time, and we will make sure to visit every Friday. This market is characterized by the way it welcomes visitors from different age groups, offers activities to suit everyone, has a relaxed atmosphere, and sells a diverse range of handmade goods, clothing, and food. It is a good way to enjoy a Friday.” 

Catherine Thompson, who also came to the Friday Souq on its opening day, said: “Once the weather starts to get better, families like take their children outdoors, away from the shopping malls, and parks are the best option for them.  

“In Oxygen Park, children have the chance to play in a large green space and enjoy different activities, and at the same time people can shop, walk around the various stalls, and eat. It’s convenient, there are plenty of facilities, and it’s well-lit in the evening. Every time I visit Education City, I feel it’s a major center for recreational and cultural events.” 

The Friday Souq will be open every Friday until December 13 from 9am-9pm. All children’s activities are free.

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