Shoppers looking to shop online for unique locally-made products, here’s a guide of Qatar-based online stores you can start with.
When it comes to online shopping in Qatar, the concept is still new. It has not yet become a popular concept in Qatar therefore there aren’t many local online stores. However, more online concept stores are popping up now, offering various locally-made products such as clothing, accessories, houseware, arts and crafts, food and more.
If you’re an online shopper and looking to shop for unique local and cultural products, here’s a guide of Qatar-based online stores run by locals and residents you can start with.
Products: Organic children’s clothing
Founder: Aysha Al Mudahka
Baby Elephant is a children’s clothing brand that creates comfortable, playful unisex organic wear featuring Arabic phrases. Their clothing is made in Qatar from 100% organic cotton that is softer to the baby’s skin. Following a zero waste concept, Baby Elephants’ hangtags and packaging are made using cutting waste from the fabrics. Baby Elephant delivers worldwide.
Products: Stationery and gifts
Founder: Najla Almahmoud
Fnteer, which means flamingo in Qatari dialect, is a local stationery and gifts brand inspired by Qatar’s surroundings, environment and identity. Enriching the creative local market by creating exclusive designs, Fnteer designs are unique and 100% Qatari. Fnteer offers locally-inspired cards, notebooks, calendars, envelopes, gift boxes and more.
Products: Face and body products, stationery and housewares
Founder: Sara Al Safar
Sama Store is an online shopping store and platform for all-natural skincare and beauty products and as well as cultural and artistic items such as stationaries and home accessories. There are more than 100 items available on Sama Store from Qatar, Morocco, Vietnam, the US and more – all available in Qatar for the first time.
Products: Clothes and accessories
Founder: Zainab Abdul Qayyum
The online boutique Nazayna delivers tailormade products and services. Nazayna sources fabrics from artisans who closely work with intricate, traditional Indian fabric and embellishments, unique to each state of India. Nazayna has unstitched fabrics – which can be tailormade to traditional Indian designs or can be customised to Arabian styles like jalabia or abaya – adorned with traditional heavy and elaborate embroidery such as zardosi or chikankari. Last but not least, Nazayna dresses clients with accessories such as bags, clutches and jewellery.
Products: Organic and holistic skincare products
Founders: Nadia, Noor and Nour
Noon Nabalsy brings together three women who share the same passion, vision and love for organic skin care and ancestral handmade beauty recipes. Since 2002, the team has been travelling the world to find the purest ancestral and traditional skincare routines. Their mission is to enrich lives with naturally-made products such as soaps, body oils, shea butter, toners, makeup, complete body treatments and more. NOON products are avaliable in France and Qatar.
Products: Educational toys
Founders: Raana Smith and Alison Saraf
Sensory Souk came into being out of frustration with the lack of the necessary educational resources and tools to support the development of their special children in Qatar. Some of the products available at the store include space explorers, visual behaviour keyring, visual toilet monitoring board pack, calm down jar, weighted compression fidget belt and more. The products that support a child’s therapy programme to not only learn but also play. What started as an online shop to purchase therapy toys and school tools as well as find educational support, Sensory Souk has now transitioned into a fully-equipped store at Royal Plaza.
Products: Traditional packaged food
Founder: Rana Al Khatib
Whether you are busy or foreign to the concept of traditional Arabic cooking, Sit Beit has your back with packaged ingredients of popular dishes such as molokhia, biryani, mujadara and freekeh. Filled with fresh, locally preserved ingredients, the packaged ingredients include easy-to-follow recipes, giving you access to mama’s recipes and making it easy for everyone to create homemade traditional food.
Founders: Maryeh Anwari, Aljazi Al Maadeed and Shaikha Al Khulaifi
Tean Studio was founded by three female designers who came together, with their passion to show the beauty of Earth, to create pottery. Their artistic clay pieces and collections include sculptures, mugs, cups, pen stands and more. In addition, Tean Studio offers workshop classes for adults and kids, aiming to teach kids pottery and help in having a conscious generation on art.
Products: Stationery and gifts
Founder: Dana Al Mannai
Zan Prints creates Arabic-influenced cards, notebooks, bags and stationery, designed with Arabic calligraphy. Paintings, designs and printing is done locally in Qatar, and available for everyone around the world. Zan’s products are inspired from the founder’s multi passion for art, calligraphy and music. Zan maintains a principle of making eco-friendly products and prints.
Authors: Ola Diab
This feature is an editorial from the’Shopping’ section in the latest issue of Marhaba – Issue 75, which was published in August 2019.
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