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Shar’a Kaharabaa Today

One of our favorite places in Doha was Shar’a Kaharabaa, Electricity Street. Bombay Silk was there. the old Beirut restaurant was there and several very good and reasonable tailors worked there. All good quilters knew the Mumtaz Tailor, who had every notion in the world, and good prices, and knew where everything could be found in the chaos of his shop. You could always find parking.

I dared to take a look at Sharia Kharabaa this morning, and I shouldn’t have. It’s that bare spot middle left. Al Rayyan, at the top of the photo, leads to the Souk al Waqif. One day, the old picturesque Sharia Kharabaa is supposed to be a grand walk way to the Souq.

August 20, 2012 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Building, Bureaucracy, Character, Community, Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Qatar, Random Musings


  1. sigh..makes me sad to think of that unique street gone, to be turned into a “grand walkway”. I thought it was pretty grand the way it was! Did we ever figure out what that building in your third (and fourth?) photo was in its glory days?

    Comment by Grammy | August 22, 2012 | Reply

  2. I think we were told it was an old Madresa, and then it was occupied by squatters when it was no longer being used as a school. But did you look at the map – it isn’t just Kharabaa Street, everything has been demolished in that entire area. It was one of the last remaining older parts of town! What a pity.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 22, 2012 | Reply

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