The Pearl Man

The Pearl Man
The Pearl Man in Doha Qatar

Pearl fishing has been a huge industry in Qatar and the whole Gulf region for decades. Then the combination of cultivated pearls from Japan and easy money coming from gas and oil killed this activity. Even though pearling isn't a major local business anymore, many Qataris are still proud and deeply in love with pearls.

So when shopping for authentic local souvenirs around Doha, pearls should be on top of your list. The gold souq located in Souq Waqif has loads of jewellery shops with plenty of options on offer, but for the best deal in town look no further than the "Pearl Man" shop, located in Al Bida Park in Rumailah, across the Corniche. This park is one of the best in town and is very popular among families at weekends and in the evenings, thanks to its play structures and swings. It's also home of the Heritage Village, a group of structures which recreate the look of a traditional Qatari village. This means you could combine some family fun and cultural time with some shopping in one go to keep the whole family happy.

The Pearl Man in Doha Qatar

You will easily find the Pearl man as everyone knows him in the area. This authentic small Qatari shop, known just through word of mouth, is owned by a friendly Qatari man (his name is Abdul), who travels around the world to source the best pearls to make them into strands and sell them to markets and obviously in his own store at affordable prices.

Here you'll be able to bag amazing deals while tasting home-made arabic tea and almost certainly you'll be offered a personalised tour of the shop and the owner's family's artwork, including a collection of photographs, newspaper articles, and a long memory to what Qatar was like years ago. Simply priceless.

Spend QR 100, more or less 20 Euros, for a gorgeous shiny pearl necklace, which will be great as a gift for friends and family back home. Or why not create something special for you? Abdul will be happy to create anything you wish for, whether it's a pair of earrings or a multi-strand bracelet made from your choice of colours. Genious!

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