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EXPLORING URBAN OPEN SPACES OF REGENERATED MARKETS IN QATAR.

Abstract
By : Remah Y. Gharib

 
The regeneration of urban open spaces of traditional markets in the GCC is driven by socio-cultural intents to reconcile between tradition and modernity. This paper investigates the qualities of urban open spaces of two traditional markets in Qatar through behavioural mapping and impressionistic assessments. The paper aims to demonstrate the variations of urban open spaces in historic markets of Doha and Al Wakra cities and to investigate efficiency of use. The study utilizes both quantitative data and qualitative observations during the peak hours. Firstly, it locates the activities and functions of users on actual maps and determines their density, and secondly, presents the observations recorded through still photographs. The study reveals that Souq Waqif in Doha scored high in the functional, social, and perceptual attributes than Souq Al-Wakra. The behavioural observations demonstrated that both markets are safe, welcoming, and accommodating for their users, yet, Souq Waqif promotes engaging social experiences due to efficient management.

Keywords: Souq Waqif, Souq Al-Wakra, Urban Open Spaces; Sense of Place, User Satisfaction, Behavioural Mapping.

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