Despite the multiplicity of sweets in their eastern and western forms and varieties, traditional sweets in Qatar are still desirable, which has made this industry steadfast and with equipment that technology has not yet reached.

In the alley heading from the street overlooking the Al-Jasra Cultural Club, towards the bird market in the heritage Souq Waqif , in the heart of the Qatari capital, Doha , the eye brings a small shop with a glass facade, and the candy maker appears as he stirs the ingredients of the dessert inside the pot with a stirrer that resembles a shovel, and the pot is covered with a tray and when he lifts it The steam comes out, giving off a scent dominated by saffron.

Qatari sweets are simple and basic at the same time, and its ingredients include water, sugar, starch, saffron and nuts, and points out that it is famous in the Gulf region, especially Qatari Rahash.

And on the extent of the demand for traditional sweets in light of the various forms and varieties of Arabic and Western sweets, the demand for these goods is good and even increasing, and that shoppers are primarily Qatari citizens, then Gulf residents and tourists, pointing out that the demand is increasing dramatically great during holidays and Ramadan.

 Mentioning sweets with saffron, cardamom, cashews and nuts, and rose water sweets we should explain that the prices vary according to the type of sweets, and prices start from 20 riyals and reach 100 riyals, depending on the weight and ingredients.

Qatari rahash relies mainly on oil and tahini, along with sugar and lemon salt. As for dumplings, it is based on flour, starch, water, sugar, and often orange food coloring.

Qatari table abounds with different types of traditional sweets, pointing to the popularity of the “Al-Saqer” candy in Souq Waqif, which is similar to the Bahraini sweet, but it disappeared at some point and then returned, and it is today that Bahraini and Omani sweets really compete, and there is rahash with molasses, dumplings and luqaimat.

 Sweets market, and its products have become known for their ingredients and shapes, in addition to that Qatari women have turned to developing their sweets and cuisine in general, and have begun to prepare modern sweets, but with the ingredients of traditional sweets, such as asida, betha, khabees, sago, and others. They love modern sweets, but with a taste of the past, and this is what distinguishes Qatari sweets.

Qatari sweets have remained derived from the ancient heritage, despite their development and keeping pace with the times, and Qataris still exchange them and gift them at weddings, although their presence increases on religious occasions and the month of Ramadan, but today they are present in abundance and are served on tables at all times and not on a specific occasion.

It should be noted that Souq Waqif, which is one of the oldest markets in the Gulf, played a role in preserving the Qatari candy industry from extinction, as well as many traditional professions and crafts that document and preserve the customs and traditions of the people of Qatar.

The market was established in the center of the Qatari capital, Doha, in 1955, and the government strived in 2004 to develop it, restore it, and modernize it while preserving its privacy. Everyone enjoys different and varied cultural and artistic activities, performances and events.

The name Souq Waqif dates back more than 100 years, when buying and selling operations in that area took place standing, and the city of Doha at that time was a village divided into two halves by a valley. And on the banks of that small valley, which was the scene of the tidal movement, the people of Doha who inhabited its eastern and western sides used to meet to buy and sell, and because the flowing sea water left only a narrow passage, the sellers were forced to stand all day due to the narrowness of the place, so it was called “ Souq Waqif, which currently includes shops selling traditional products such as spices and seasonings, gold jewelry and utensils, embroidered Qatari cloaks, daggers, swords, musical instruments and old records of major Arab artists.

We invite trading companies and importers of the European Union to cooperate in the field of presenting and bringing to the market a variety of oriental sweets for the needs of both local consumers and guests from different countries. May our cooperation become as sweet as Rahat Lukum. Welcome to close business contacts between us and further development of cooperation with the countries of the East.



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