Shop Qatar, the country’s biggest shopping festival is set to return for its second edition with discounts on popular brands, car and cash prizes worth up to QAR4 million; and a colourful schedule of fashion and entertainment events. The Festival will be held from 7 January to 7 February 2018 under the slogan ‘A Brand New Tradition’.
The festival will shed a spotlight on the new and enticing additions to Qatar’s retail scene, with 13 malls and shopping complexes participating. Retail outlets around Qatar will be providing special offers and discounts of up to 50% on a range of consumer goods including clothes, electronics, cosmetics and accessories for men, women and children.
Participating malls are, Al Khor Mall, City Centre, Doha Festival City, Gulf Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Lagoona Mall, Landmark Mall, Mall of Qatar, Tawar Mall, The Gate Mall, Villaggio, Ezdan Mall and Dar Al Salam Mall.
Speaking at a press conference organisers announced that Shop Qatar 2018 will celebrate cultural diversity with themes such as Arabian Week, Bollywood Week and International Week, encouraging mall-goers to continue to discover something new each week throughout the festival.
Supporting Local Businesses
In support of local entrepreneurs, Shop Qatar organisers will erect 30 pop-up shops in Mall of Qatar where small businesses can showcase their products and benefit from the high footfall generated by the festival, all while providing the mall’s visitors with an authentic Qatari experience.
Shop Qatar is also partnering with Qatar Development Bank to provide several of the 30 pop-up shops to SMEs incubated and supported by the Bank.
Shop Qatar has partnered with Embrace Doha to lead shopping tours at Souq Waqif throughout Shop Qatar. Individuals interested in learning how to find their way through the traditional marketplace can join either the Women’s, Men’s or Family tours that will run between 5 pm and 6:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The tours will guide groups of maximum 15 people through the Souq, stopping along the way to sample and learn about spices, incense, traditional food, art and clothes.
Festival organisers have announced a series of make-up masterclasses with renowned artists, as well as free makeup sessions in malls as part of Shop Qatar 2018.
And, for a glimpse of the world’s latest couture and ready-to-wear fashion from Marrakesh to Mumbai, Shop Qatar will host three fashion shows throughout the festival. A total of 34 designers from around the world will be showcasing over 300 different looks in the Shop Qatar fashion shows.
A three-day master class with world-renowned Spanish designer Alejandro Resta will be held at HBKU between 21 and 23 January. No prior experience is required. Those interested to know more about registration and fees can follow Shop Qatar’s social media for details when they are announced.
The Festival organisers also announced that Shop Qatar 2018 will offer a rich array of live performances by singing sensations and unlimited family-friendly entertainment in a festive, safe environment that reflects local culture and heritage. Confirmed artists include India’s Sonu Nigam and American duo, and international band the Chainsmokers. Tickets for their performances will be announced in coming weeks.
Shop Qatar will support many outdoor events that will allow the public to enjoy Qatar’s lovely weather during the winter season. To this end, QTA is cooperating with local private company QSports, which is organising two major outdoor festivals this winter.
Ghanim Al Mohannadi, Deputy Chairman of QSports said:
Following the success of the Qatar Summer Festival’s Entertainment City, we are proud to partner with Souq Waqif, a cultural institution in Qatar, to bring new and popular attractions such as Qatar’s largest outdoor trampoline park, Ocean Ball Kids Play area and outstanding food court. With live entertainment and 30 unique amusement park rides, families can look forward to more than 60 activities to enjoy at the Souq Waqif from 25 December 2017 to 25 April 2018.’
Qatar can look forward to another entertainment extravaganza as we partner with Mall of Qatar for the Mall of Qatar Fun Fair which will take place between 15 January to 15 April. From Paintballing to giant slides and the world’s first 3-axis Virtual Reality Game, Mall of Qatar and Al Rayyan hotel visitors are in for a treat.’
Participating retail partners will also host exclusive in-mall entertainment and roaming mall shows, with fun for the whole family.
Cash Prizes Worth up to QAR4,000,000
Shoppers who spend QAR200 at any of the participating retailers can enter a weekly raffle draw for a chance to win BMW cars and cash prizes worth up to QAR4 million. Draws will be held on the first three Thursdays of the Festival (11, 18 & 25 January 2018), with two cars and 13 cash prizes ranging from QAR10,000 to QAR100,000 to be won each week. The final draw will take place at the closing ceremony on Wednesday, 7 February.