Is life getting more expensive? Tired of heavy bills? Well, there are ways to help you bring your hefty bills down and make life more affordable when you shop for your day-to-day necessities.
This list will guide you through some of the most inexpensive shopping places in Qatar. Some are already popular to thrifty shoppers, while a few will probably surprise even the veterans.
Here’s your ultimate budget shopping guide in Qatar.
Home Essentials, School Supplies
ANSAR GALLERY: Owned by Ansar Group, Ansar Gallery is a well-known regional shopping centre with stand-alone branches across the country. Similar to Lulu Hypermarket and Family Food Centre – you can find everything here, from food to affordable clothes, shoes and body accessories to home and kitchen appliances and tech products.
AL RAWNAQ: Al Rawnaq is one of the most popular shopping centres in Qatar with several branches across the country in and outside malls. It’s your one-stop-shop for thousands of affordable school, office, kitchen and home appliances as well as clothes, crafts, toys, body accessories, clothes and special occasions products. Their prices range from QAR0.75 to QAR250.
AL SAEED TRADING CENTRE: An affordable and budget shopping centre in Souq Al Haraj in Najma for clothes, bags, shoes and more.
AL SHAHEEN: Established in 1988, Al Shaheen is best known for home décor, furniture and kitchen appliances. The store has also expanded to include electronics, toys, body accessories, watches and perfumes, as well as barbecue, gym and swimming pool equipment.
Multiple locations 3339 8416, alshaheenest.com
DAISO: Daiso is relatively new, with several branches in malls like Gulf Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Mall of Qatar, Doha Festival City, Al Khor Mall, Ezdan Mall (Al Wakra), and Mirqab Mall. The Japanese store is known as the ‘Japanese dollar store’, offering a wide range of affordable products such as stationery, crafts, home and kitchen appliances, body accessories, beauty products and more.
DEAL CENTRE: Deal Centre is another reason to visit Wakra on a weekend. This budget shopping centre offers a wide variety of personal and home items with prices ranging from as low as QAR1.
DOLLAR PLUS: Dollar Plus is a new and popular affordable shopping store with branches in Gulf Mall, Ezdan Mall (Al Wakra), City Centre-Doha, and Dar Al Salam. Dollar Plus is where you get quality merchandise for less, offering thousands of items in over 14 major merchandise categories such as home and kitchen appliances, clothes and shoes, body and beauty accessories, stationery and crafts, party and holiday products and more.
DRAGON MART: Dragon Mart covers a total area of 21,000 sqm and has over 150 Chinese companies and 300 shops offering a variety of Made in China products available at retail and wholesale prices. They have a large collection of furniture, household items, building materials, electronics, electrical products, clothes, accessories, cosmetics, toys and sanitary wares. The ‘mart’ is in support of all Chinese companies in Qatar, to establish and develop their business throughout the country, a most favoured hub for Qatar and China trading.
HEMA: HEMA is originally a Dutch chain characterised by relatively low pricing of generic housewares and featuring original designs. The Hollandsche Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij Amsterdam or H.E.M.A. opened its first department store in Amsterdam on 4 November 1926. Founders Leo Meyer and Arthur Isaac wanted to open a department store for ordinary people. Before this, department stores were very much aimed at wealthy people and most store personnel spoke French. HEMA, as it would later be known, was the first department store of its kind in The Netherlands. Products were priced at 10, 25 or 50 cents. And from day one, the essence of HEMA was defined as optimistic, unique, clear, reliable, accessible and typically Dutch.
Gulf Mall, Mall of Qatar and Doha Festival City hema.com
RAMEZ QATAR: Similar to Al Rawnaq, Ramez is a popular shopping complex for affordable food, clothes and shoes, body accessories, home and kitchen appliances and much more.
SAVING SQUARE: Saving Square is a one-stop store offering a variety of merchandising products such as home decor, bathroom accessories, toys, bags, electronics, stationery, kitchenware, etc. They carry over 40,000 different products made and imported from Germany, Turkey, Thailand, France, Korea, India, Japan, and China.
Saving Square at Tawar Mall
THE DEAL: Your favourite brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren, Swarovski, Lacoste, Karl Lagerfeld, GEOX, Marc Jacobs, MaxMara, and more at cheaper prices.
The Centre 5578 17659
ZARABI DEPARTMENT STORE: Zarabi Department Store was established on 1 February 2011 as a branch under Masskar Hypermarket, located on the first floor of Wathnan Mall. It has a recognised collection of garments, footwear, toys, stationery, electronics, sports tools, bags, women handbags and more.
These hypermarkets are expansive and offer everything from groceries to general merchandise. If you’d rather buy wholesale, they often have special deals on bulk purchases.
Salwa Road 4419 0515
GRAND MALL HYPERMARKET
Doha and Al Wukair 4411 3511, 4495 1999 (Al Wukair)
These shops carry the latest styles in ready-to-wear fashion at very affordable prices. You can even haggle for a friendly discount if you shop at any of the souqs and even at Dragon Mart!
Barwa Commercial Avenue 4006 1188
Multiple locations 7478 5190 (Al Gharrafa branch)
Multiple locations 4462 1716 (Airport Rd branch)
Multiple locations 4421 3962 (Al Rayyan)
Abu Hamour 4419 1441
SOUQS: Traditional souqs across Qatar are also popular places for affordable clothing, shoes and body accessories amongst other things. Souqs such as Souq Waqif, Souq Al Asiri, Souq Al Deera, Souq Al Faraj, Souq Al Ali, and more, are a good place to start. You’ll be surprised with what you’ll find and you can bargain too!
Muaither, Al Rayyan 4487 6691
Compiled by Ola Diab
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