Q-Market at West End Park sees huge rush of visitors

December 20, 2013 - 3:22:49 am

A new bazaar, Q-Market, for second-hand goods at West End Park attracted a large number of visitors, mostly expat workers, on National Day. It was the latest edition of Doha Flea Market, a new shopping concept in Qatar introduced in September.


DOHA: Q-Market, a new bazaar for second-hand goods at West End Park, attracted large number of visitors, mostly expatriate workers, on the National Day.

Q-Market was the latest edition of Doha Flea Market, a new shopping concept in Qatar introduced in September.

“Doha Flea Market is the meeting point for all those who want to remove stuff in good conditions from home  and for those who come to bargain, browse or simply have a good time with friends in a good atmosphere,” says the market’s official website.

“It is social enterprise that promotes sustainability and opportunity in the wider community. It is as much about innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration as it is about fun, bargaining and friendship,” it added.

A flea market is a bazaar that rents space to people to sell their used goods and other merchandise.  

“The idea behind the market is to give people from different nationalities an opportunity to sell their goods in an bazaar like setting. The concept has been gaining popularity since we first introduced it in September,” Mohammed Zaparus, an official told this daily.

Number of sellers

Q-Market featured a number of sellers from countries such as Egypt, Philippines, Pakistan and Tanzania, with goods including clothes, jewellery, crockery, watches, handicrafts as well as food items. The market saw huge rush with many items being sold for a song.

The first edition of the Doha Flea Market took place on September 28 from 4pm to 11pm at the Doha Swiss Belhotel ballroom, with 50 sellers and a good number of visitors. Later it was moved to the West End Park in the Industrial Area, where it is now permanently located.

“It is a place where people can buy quality items at bargain prices. The market offers a wide range of items such as clothes, books, CDs, paintings, jewelry, handicrafts, antiques and small furniture and household stuff. Any one can participate by bringing items in good condition,” said Zaparus.

He said the next edition of the market will take place next month but the date has not yet been finalised.

The Peninsula


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