City Center Doha, Qatar’s leading shopping destination, started its 20th-anniversary celebrations this Monday, 13 December, with a press conference at the mall. 

Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani
Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani

The event was attended by officials of Aamal Company QPSC, led by its Chairman Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, CEO and Managing Director Sheikh Mohamed Bin Faisal Al Thani and City Center Director Baris Sezen.

To celebrate the historic milestone, City Center Doha will host a programme of activities over a period of 20 days, with festive decorations, social media activities, competitions and prizes.

According to Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim, it felt like an impossible dream to achieve when they first embarked on the project in the late 1990s.

… But with the ambition to deliver something extraordinary to our beloved country, and with the encouragement we received from our partners and the government, the impossible became a reality and we are gathered here today to celebrate an amazing landmark that in some way has touched the lives of everyone in Qatar.

He said that they will continue to invest in City Center Doha to maintain its market-leading position and always aim to deliver the best to the community and beloved Qatar.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faisal Al Thani
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faisal Al Thani

Sheikh Mohamed bin Faisal Al Thani, meanwhile, said that since its opening in 2001, City Center Doha has added great value to Qatar’s business landscape and has been the catalyst for the development of the West Bay area, Doha’s premium business district.

He said that City Center Doha is now a beautiful space that attracts top regional and international retailers to Qatar. It boosted the job market and supported the local community, and the ongoing investment by its owners, Aamal Company, ensures that City Center Doha maintains its ability to offer a unique shopping and leisure experience to Qatar residents, as well as stay abreast of all the latest retail trends.

Through its magnificent architectural design and the continuing upgrade of facilities and tenant mix, City Center Doha is well-positioned to be Qatar’s leading shopping destination.

Baris Sezen added that City Center Doha is a sentimental place for many of us, with lots of memories shared with loved ones, and they are thrilled to celebrate the mall’s 20th anniversary with the community.

We look forward to welcoming guests – young and old – to share their memories and enjoy the activities, whilst reflecting on all the progress the mall has made over the last 20 years.

The 20th-anniversary celebrations wrap up a season of growth at City Center Doha, which has welcomed over 50 new tenants this year, including English Home, Adidas originals, Levi’s, H&M, Sushi Library, Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria, Tea Time, Krispy Kreme, &deli, Topazz, Stenders, among others.

Upgrades and new shops

The mall has also recently undergone a series of upgrades. A new outdoor area, Soho Square, has been constructed at the front of the mall and will feature premium coffee shops and restaurants all with outdoor seating overlooking an eye-catching new fountain. More than 15 new restaurants, such as Pizza Box, South Street Burger, KFC, Chef Alfareej and Cheese Fountain, have recently opened in the food court area on the east side, along with a kids’ play area.

A new extension on the second floor also allows for easy access to the adjoining hotels: Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha and City Centre Rotana Doha. The parking facilities have been upgraded, further enhancing the overall visitor experience. The mall has also introduced several renowned brands recently, such as BRANDS, RED TAG, Mumuso, Defacto, Flo and more. An upcoming gold market will also be launched soon, introducing new shops from Doha and from different parts of the region.

Since its launch in 2001, City Center Qatar has been at the forefront of Qatar’s retail scene, bringing an outstanding shopping experience to the people of Qatar. With its exceptional location at the heart of the city, the mall has become Doha’s leading destination for residents, visitors and tourists for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

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