Going to shopping malls, souqs and other shopping destinations is the most popular pastime in Qatar. People enjoy going to shopping destinations to shop, eat, watch movies or just walk.
Here are a few malls you should explore this summer:
Doha Festival City
The biggest operating mall in Qatar, Doha Festival City covers over 600,000 sq m, making it the largest entertainment, dining and fashion destination in the country. With world-class entertainment and carefully picked brands, this mall embodies the true emotion of a festival where every day can be celebrated.
Brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Harvey Nichols, ACE and Dior Beauty Boutique made their debut at Doha Festival City, marking their entrance in Qatar. This mall also houses the country’s only IKEA.
Angry Birds World, the world’s first-of-its-kind experience, and Virtuocity – the Middle East’s gaming capital, are just two of the many attractions here. New additions such as Snow Dunes and Juniverse are soon to be introduced. Visitors can experience in-theatre dining at THEATRE by Rhodes with exquisite meals by Michelin-star Chef Gary Rhodes or experience a whole movie in 4D at 4dx only at VOX Cinemas.
Accompanied by two food courts Doha Festival City covers a range of palates and cuisines. Free Wi-Fi, in-mall taxi, portable chargers and babysitting are a few of the signature services available at one’s disposal.
Opening hours: Sunday – Wednesday 10 am – 10 pm; Thursday – Saturday 10 am – midnight
4035 4444, dohafestivalcity.com
Located in West Bay just outside The Pearl-Qatar, Lagoona Mall encompasses elements of luxury infused with a rich style that enchants all who visit. With skylight features and designed floors, timeless elegance graces the corridors. Lagoona brings all the global luxury brands such as Kenzo and Tadashi Shoji to Doha.
Inspired by the European way of life, the plaza offers it all with beautiful canopies, wood pergolas and outdoor seating areas, with flavours from around the world where one can explore food made with fresh and authentic ingredients.
Flik cinemas is a great place to watch the latest releases in luxury. Occasionally, it’s also a space for art exhibitions, fashion extravaganzas and exciting children’s activities.
Private transportation services, wheelchairs, restaurant reservations, car wash and valet parking are a few of the services provided by the mall.
Opening hours: Saturday – Thursday 10 am – 10 pm; Friday: 2 pm – 11 pm
4433 5555, lagoonamall.com
Mall of Qatar
Located in Al Rayyan, Mall of Qatar (MoQ) has become one of the most popular shopping destinations in Qatar. Spread over 500,000 sq m, MoQ is the epitome of shopping, recreation and entertainment. With an array of brands from all around the world, visitors receive unlimited opportunities to shop and discover.
Tired from all that shopping? Mall of Qatar offers complimentary Wi-Fi services and many seats amid the corridors of the malls for one to take a break and relax. Sip a warm cappuccino at a café while you unwind, have a wholesome lunch at the spacious food court, or immerse yourself in vibrant flavours at signature restaurants Bebabel and Sazeli – this mall has restaurants for any occasion.
Watch an extravagant performance at MoQ’s 360 stage, take a trip to the 8-pin bowling alley, take the children to KidzMondo and Xtremeland or catch the latest movies at Novo Cinema.
MoQ’s estimated 20 million annual visitors would agree that this mall is the place to be.
Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday Shops 10 am – 10 pm, Food and Beverage 10 am – 11 pm; Thursday 10 am – midnight; Friday 10 am – 11:30 am/1 pm – midnight
4034 6000, mallofqatar.com.qa
Located on Mirqab Street, one of Doha’s oldest shopping areas, Mirqab Mall gives people a unique shopping experience.
Clothing, eyewear, footwear, health and beauty – Mirqab’s wide range of stores covers all possible needs including Carrefour supermarket.
Drawing on classical Arabic architecture combined with modern, contemporary elements, Mirqab Mall dominates the landscape with its imposing presence and elegant design. Don’t miss the musical water fountain in the centre of this world-class neighbourhood mall.
You could entertain yourself further by heading to family entertainment areas such as Funderdome, Hangout and Jump. A film-buff? Check out the latest releases at Flik Cinemas with a fresh bucket of popcorn.
Take a break at a café or two and delve deeper into flavourful food from their range of restaurants. Top it off with your favourite sundae for a sweet treat. Alternatively pamper yourself and treat your body with a spa visit or have a workout at the gym – a few signature services provided by the mall.
Opening hours: Sunday – Wednesday 10 am – 10 pm; Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 11 pm
Restaurants: Daily from 8 am – 1 am; On Fridays, shops and restaurants are closed for 90 minutes during prayer time.
4036 2772, mirqabmall.com
Located in Al Markhiya, Tawar Mall features a diverse mix of over 300 stores. Shoppers will find a collection of luxury retailers as well as affordable ones, both local and international. A delectable selection of local and international dining options is also available throughout the multi-leveled mall.
Travel back in time to experience Qatar’s traditional aura and its folklore heritage at Tawar Mall’s Old Souq. This is the first indoor traditional souq in the country, highlighting local traditions through a varied range of small shops built to showcase a real souq. It is a beautiful fusion of historic and modern-day Qatari life.
And don’t miss the dancing musical fountain, which is one of the key features of the mall and an artistic treat using the latest multi-media technology, providing high capability programming and playback of various musical themes.
Opening hours: Saturday to Wednesday: 10 am – 10 pm; Thursday and Friday: 10 am – midnight
4437 9330, tawarmall.qa
Other honourable mentions:
- Al Khor Mall, over 60 stores open over two levels | 4453 3445, alkhormall.com
- Gulf Mall, three levels with unique shopping, dining and entertainment experiences | 4031 0600, gulfmalldoha.com
- Hyatt Plaza, mostly one level with over 100 outlets and kiosks | 4469 4848, hyattplaza.com
- Landmark Mall, single-storey mall provides a relaxed shopping and casual dining experience offering a rich and diverse selection of well-known brands | 4487 5222, landmarkdoha.com