Shop Till You Drop! Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter To Host DQ Souq Every Weekend

DQ Souq: A Revitalized Weekend Haven in Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter.

by Deeplata Garde

Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter (DQ) has long been celebrated for its harmonious blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty.  Now, with the introduction of the DQ Souq, this esteemed locale is set to embrace an added layer of vibrancy. Commencing its weekly spectacle every Saturday from February 11, 2023, the DQ Souq emerges as a thriving farmers’ market. Get ready to experience a dynamic market within the city’s landscape. This community-driven event invites individuals to immerse themselves in a local shopping experience, featuring an enticing array of products, from culinary delights to fragrances and body care.

Diplomatic Quarter To Host DQ Souq Every Weekend Starting 18th November


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The DQ Souq strategically positions itself near Roundabout 4 of the Diplomatic Quarter, nestled just behind the Al Arabiya Building. This prime location within one of the city’s most coveted addresses enhances its accessibility and ensures its integration into the daily lives of residents and visitors alike. The Diplomatic Quarter, renowned for hosting estates of foreign dignitaries from 83 diplomatic missions and boasting a resident population exceeding 10,000, serves as the perfect backdrop. The unique juxtaposition of lush natural venues, including gardens, parks, and hiking trails, alongside commercial and business properties, establishes an ideal setting for the DQ Souq’s diverse offerings.

The DQ Souq transcends the conventional concept of a market; it unfolds as a celebration of local culture and community bonds. Acting as a pivotal platform for local vendors, it becomes a catalyst for economic support and sustainability. From farm-fresh produce sourced from nearby regions to artisanal culinary creations, handmade crafts, and unique gifts, the DQ Souq curates a diverse selection that caters to varied tastes and preferences, contributing to the rich tapestry of the local culture.

Food, Fun & A Lot More!


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Beyond its role as a shopping haven, the DQ Souq presents a delectable array of food and beverage options, ensuring that visitors can satiate their cravings, be it for a quick snack or a hearty meal. The culinary offerings are not just sustenance; they are a gastronomic journey, embracing local and international flavours. Following a day of indulgence in shopping and culinary delights, patrons can unwind amidst the captivating environs of the Diplomatic Quarter, savouring the tranquil atmosphere that envelopes this unique space.

Community Hub And Shared Experiences


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More than a marketplace, the DQ Souq transforms into a communal space. It’s where residents converge, interact, and partake in shared experiences. Also, it’s a place for families to bond, friends to reunite, and visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture and community spirit.

The inception of the DQ Souq is intricately woven into a broader initiative to invigorate the Diplomatic Quarter. It aligns with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. This visionary endeavour seeks new avenues of investment and international diversification, positioning the DQ as an indispensable nucleus for realizing these aspirations. By fostering a thriving local market, the DQ Souq contributes to the overarching goals of Vision 2030, which include enhancing economic growth, promoting tourism, and enriching the quality of life for residents.

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An Unmissable Experience


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Whether you call Riyadh home or are a transient visitor, mark your calendar for every Saturday.  Venture into the unique tapestry of the DQ Souq. Beyond being a mere market, it’s an immersive experience that welcomes exploration and engagement. As the DQ Souq continues to evolve and establish itself as a central hub. Also, it reinforces the Diplomatic Quarter’s reputation as a multifaceted destination that seamlessly integrates tradition and modernity.

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