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Yesterday I was once again on site at the new Souq Waqif in Wakra. As I parked I decided once again to pull out my little Sony RX-100 from my bag and go and take some snaps. It wasn’t a planed photo shoot, I just decided on the spur of the moment to grab some more images of the project approaching completion.

So there I am clicking away, looking for angles and shots depicting the work approaching completion, and I notice a fellow photographer doing the same thing.

Souq Waqif Wakra

At first I was a little annoyed that I didn’t have my massive Sony a77 DSLR with me, complete with battery hand grip making it look even larger and a nice big fast lens to go with it. I stupidly felt inadequate with my little RX-100, and suddenly felt the need to look like a photographer. How stupid was that?! This poor guy just wanted to take some nice shots of the Souq, and I wanted a camera showdown with him.

Souq Waqif Wakra

Anyway, it wasn’t going to happen. My large professional looking camera was back at home, and so me and my little RX-100 got on with the job. After a while of not paying any attention to guy with nice big professional looking DSLR, he caught my attention again. I stood and watched as he framed his shots, and imagined what the images were he was capturing. My ego settled back down. This guy had the big camera, he had the nice camera bag and accessories, but the shots he was framing were very, errrr…. shall we say ‘money to buy big camera, but doesn’t know how to use it’ type shots.

This is when I realised that just having the biggest camera on the planet, a photographer it doesn’t make. My lovely little RX-100 goes everywhere with me. It’s always at hand. And if I had to choose which camera out of the two (RX-100 or a77) I would pick my RX-100 every time. In fact I am considering selling my a77 as it is getting so little use these days.

Souq Waqif Wakra

My next camera is going to be a high quality CSC (Compact System Camera) and probably a Sony. The only reason I produce my a77 now is when I need to look like a photographer. But I find myself more artistic, and ever ready with a small discrete camera. And when you have a small camera no one even notices you. You can take them anywhere and no one gives a damn. Take a big DSLR for a walk and everyone is on guard, they are nervous of the camera and what you are doing with it.

Souq Waqif Wakra

Once I got home I was very eager to take a look at my images and of course upload to Flickr. That RX-100 of mine never disappoints. I am so please with the images I captured on it’s large (for a compact camera) 1″ sensor. And I will bet my shots look better that Mr. I Have a Big Camera’s shots.

Souq Waqif in Wakra Nearing Completion

The new Souq Waqif being constructed in Al Wakra is due to be opened on December 18th 2014, which is of course Qatar National Day.

Souq Waqif in Wakra Nearing Completion

Built to look old, aged and traditional it is very convincing. You feel like you are walking in a commercial area that has existed for generations. Yet it is completely brand new.

And the location is breathtakingly splendid, right on the sea shore next to Wakra Marina. With cafés, restaurants and retail outlets it’s going to have a bit of everything for everyone. I can already see myself sat outside Al Aker Sweets enjoying a nice plate of kunafah, watching a beautiful sunset with the salty smell of the sea in the air. Perfect!

There is no doubt about it, Al Wakra is evolving. And this development has been well planned, with what appears to be ample parking. Although I truly hope the guy who designed Souq Waqif Doha’s car park has had nothing to do with the parking here. Because this place is going to be a fantastic family destination that is going to be simply buzzing with people driving here.

Souq Waqif in Wakra Nearing Completion

Souq Waqif in Wakra Nearing Completion

Souq Waqif in Wakra Nearing Completion

I was on site at the new Souq Waqif in Wakra this morning and thought I would pop a couple of pictures up so that anyone unfamiliar with this project can see this lovely development approaching completion.

Souq Waqif Wakra

It’s in a beautiful location right next to the sea complete with shipwrecked dhows on the beach. This is going to be a lovely place to visit in the evening, with a nice sea breeze and salty seaweed smell.

I am only puzzled as to why they named it Souq Waqif when there is already a Souq Waqif in Doha. Alright I know this one is in Wakra, but why not call it something other than Souq Waqif? Now if you say you are going to Souq Waqif you will have to also say which one you are going to.

Souq Waqif Wakra