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