Behind the colorful spice section of Souq Waqif is a collection of caged birds, and sometimes cats, rabbits, tortoises, and dogs, kept outside in all weather. But you will also find horse stables here, where we saw well-groomed Arabian horses. Next to it, we took photos of grazing camels in their pen, where they stay most of the day until the early evening.

The Falcon Souq is a highlight for a glimpse of Qatari heritage. You only have to see the scale of the market, afforded its own traditional arcaded building off Souq Waqif, to understand the place of falconry in Qatari society. Most birds are hooded in black leather and perched on posts or railings. You may see shopkeepers crafting leather falcon helmets or enjoying tea on the cushioned benches at each store. Next door to the Falcon Souq is the Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital.