Wrestling, stilt-walkers and more draw crowds to Qatar’s Souq Waqif

Thousands of Qatar residents thronged Souq Waqif last night during the opening of a weeklong festival that includes a wrestling competition, musical performances and circus-like antics.

Crowds of passersby gathered at a specially constructed arena at the Souq’s Al Ahmed Square, where renowned World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) performers and superstars threw down.

Inside the arena, six-time wrestling world champion Booker T introduced several of the night’s competitors, including current Qatar Pro Wrestling champion Chris Rabber, and demonic-looking Irish wrestler Luther Ward, also known as “Omen.”

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Wrestling at Souq Waqif

Adjacent to the arena, a traditional performance featuring young Qatari men singing Arabic songs, dancing and playing traditional instruments took place. Last night, residents quickly filled the sparse ground-level seats and the raised seating area behind it to take pictures, participate and enjoy the show.

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Source News: Doha News
All photos by Chantelle D’mello