The Wholesale Market, currently situated just off Salwa Road, comprises the Vegetable, Fish and Meat Markets.
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment, in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, launched a new centre, Qatar Farms, in March 2018 as an initiative to allow customers to buy local vegetables under a retail trading system. Commercial outlets will offer local premium quality vegetables at special prices that will be lower compared to those imported.
At The Vegetable Market, friendly vendors have traditionally offered a colourful and exotic selection of local and imported fresh fruit and vegetables. Licensed retailers in the auction area start at 8:30 am until 12:30 pm. Activity is regulated and monitored by the Consumer Protection Department.
Nearby, at The Fish Market, an enormous variety of seafood is on sale during the morning, including crabs, crayfish, lobsters, prawns, octopus, squid and various types of fish.
The Meat Market is not a place for the faint‑hearted. Meat can be bought by the kilo or by the carcass, and many locals buy live animals and have them slaughtered at the adjoining government slaughterhouse, often in preparation for a special celebration or religious festival.
The Omani Souq is located just behind the wholesale section of the Central Market. Tangy, salty aromas of dried fish compete with the sweet smell of ripe dates. It offers a large variety of goods, including desert truffles, spices, nuts, perfumes, gardenware, plants, camel sticks and incense burners.
There are several farmers markets across Qatar. Local farmers sell produce directly to customers. Fresh fruit, vegetables and plants can be bought in bulk. Open Thursday to Saturday, from 7 am – 7 pm, between October and June. Within the next few years, there are plans to close the current site of The Central Market and move facilities to various locations on the outskirts of Doha.