Doha Shopping

  • The City Centre Mall
    The City Centre Mall
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  • Doha City Center
    Doha City Center
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  • Morning -  The Souk Waqif
    Morning - The Souk Waqif
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    duty free & a McLaren: shop till you drop

    by globetrott Written Jul 18, 2014

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    Alcohol is completely forbidden in Qatar, except in the Duty-free-area of the airport. Does that really make sense to anybody ? Does a religious demand not apply to an airport ? Obviously not and so you will get all kinds of Spirits to buy there anyway, BUT only to be taken into the airplane, BUT NEVER into the Country !!!

    What to buy: And there is even more luxury at the airport, where this great McLarenF1 is displayed in the entrancehall

    What to pay: Sorry, I did not look for the Price of the McLaren

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    City Centre Mall: Competitive prices but Not a Highlight!

    by greekcypriot Written Feb 8, 2014

    It is located in the heart of West Bay.

    I believe it is one of the most convenient places to find the usual brands, practical stores rather than the pointless high-end stores found in other places. eg the Villagio or the Pearl.

    The City Mall is like any other Mall but not a place I would recommend people to see as a highlight.
    It has got everything you might need in terms of shopping and entertainment: food, cinema, coffee, even an ice rink. Prices seem competitive in most shops.

    The large Carrefour proves handy if you stay in the round area.

    PARKING: In the past it was problematic but not any more especially after renovations.

    TIP: Have in mind that if you have a receipt of groceries from the Carrefour and show it at the exit then parking is FREE.
    Plenty of taxis congregate outside but in rush hours there is a long queue of people waiting to get one, so better have this in mind too.

    The City Centre Mall
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    The Souq Waqif Cultural Bazaar: Bargaining is a Must!

    by greekcypriot Written Dec 23, 2013

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    It is true that Doha has a reputation for sprawling small and high end shops, but if one wants to experience the Real Local Flavor and awesome deals, the Souq Waqif is unbeatable and this is exactly where I am taking you today.

    At any time of day or night, this market is always bustling with people walking around the alleys, enjoying their shisha with friends and family at restaurants, shopping or bargaining. It provides an excellent spot for people to gather, shop for traditional knick-knacks, spices or simply enjoy a good meal. Restaurants specializing in cuisines from different parts of the MENA region are located all along the souq with international cuisines.

    Built on a traditional Bedouin marketplace site probably a decade ago, the souq was revamped some years back with the result that now feels more ‘authentic’. Structures are built of wood and stone in such a way that seem that they belong to the previous century. A stroll through its alleys travels you to another era.

    The main walking street is piled up with many restaurants and is actually a spot for a cheap bite. It gets busy on Friday and Saturday nights –these two days stand for their weekend, while Sunday is a normal working day.
    In some parts of the Souq the market is roofed with arched stone. Clusters of little shops grouped by what they offer, while others are air-conditioned plazas. The alleys are stuffed with spices, fabric, souvenirs, traditional crafts, pashminas and anything one can imagine.

    There are also stables for camels and horses at the souq.

    A walk around here for a few hours to soak up the historic atmosphere is highly recommended.
    The souq smells good, like spices and I wish I could bottle it. I could perhaps describe it as a warm smell but at the same time a very complex one.

    Live performances and seasonal festivals with traditional folk troupes and street artists make it a one-of-a-kind Cultural Bazaar in Qatar!

    Noon - The Souk Waqif Nightlife - The Souk Waqif Morning -  The Souk Waqif Spices of all kinds -  The Souk Waqif Camels - The Souk Waqif
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    The Waqif Souk

    by nyperose Written Dec 14, 2013

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    In the Waqif Souk there is a large selection of local craft and traditional items.

    They sell everything from spices, food, gold, carpets, traditional clothes, bags, hand-made artworks, pottery and handicrafts and souvenirs.

    There are also many restaurants and cafeterias around

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    All the shops you need in one mall: The city shopping centre Doha

    by nyperose Written Dec 14, 2013

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    The city shopping centre is located in the middle of the city centre, and you can find everything you need here. Most of the international shops (around 350) and a huge Carrefour (French supermarket chain).

    There are also plenty of restaurants, cafeterias and even a skate rink and cinémas.

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    Souq Waqif: Shopping the Arab-way

    by shala_booo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Souq Waqif is the ‘standing souq’ that evolved from humble beginnings and whilst perhaps still the most traditional part of Doha’s ‘souq’ area because its close to the port.
    It has a number of perfume shops and stalls offering the most exclusive fragrances from the west alongside the attars and essential oils popular in Arabia. Awell worth a visit if you want to buy any of the traditional forms of Qatar national dress.
    Souq Waqif is also full of shops selling all kinds of kitchen utensils, everything from cutlery and crockery, glasses and coolboxes, vaccum flasks and storage boxes to plastic were and pots and pans (including the sort of cauldron-sized containers which will enable you to cook for hundreds!).
    Also available are falcon centres where you can touch and take photos of live falcons.

    What to buy: - antique shops, you will find old arabic map collections that is worth keeping
    - national dress, perfumes and spices
    - candy stores
    - kitchen utensils
    - blankets, linens, appliances, electrical goods, textiles, sportswear and boutiques etc.

    What to pay: souvenir shops sell hookahs from 50QAR to 300QAR, swords are from 100QAR and above, small trinkets 30QAR to 50QAR... dont hesitate to ask for discounts, they will give it to you with a smile.

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    Souq Waqif: Shopping the Arab-way

    by shala_booo Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Souq Waqif is the ‘standing souq’ that evolved from humble beginnings and whilst perhaps still the most traditional part of Doha’s ‘souq’ area because its close to the port.
    It has a number of perfume shops and stalls offering the most exclusive fragrances from the west alongside the attars and essential oils popular in Arabia. Awell worth a visit if you want to buy any of the traditional forms of Qatar national dress.
    Souq Waqif is also full of shops selling all kinds of kitchen utensils, everything from cutlery and crockery, glasses and coolboxes, vaccum flasks and storage boxes to plastic were and pots and pans (including the sort of cauldron-sized containers which will enable you to cook for hundreds!).
    Also available are falcon centres where you can touch and take photos of live falcons.

    What to buy: - antique shops, you will find old arabic map collections that is worth keeping
    - national dress, perfumes and spices
    - candy stores
    - kitchen utensils
    - blankets, linens, appliances, electrical goods, textiles, sportswear and boutiques etc.

    What to pay: souvenir shops sell hookahs from 50QAR to 300QAR, swords are from 100QAR and above, small trinkets 30QAR to 50QAR... dont hesitate to ask for discounts, they will give it to you with a smile.

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    The Pearl Guy

    by frankcanfly Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This family-owned shop has a wide array of pearls, in all forms of natural colors and sizes. It was an educational experience to visit.

    The man is patient with answering questions about the pearls. His father comes in and out very often to greet customers.

    (He will be closed for about two months during April/May 2006) He's going sailing.

    What to buy: This is THE local source for pearls. His prices are far below any of the prices at the Souqs.

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    City Centre: Shopping Malls

    by awladhassan Written Dec 28, 2010

    Shopping malls are great finding everything you need, because everything is under one roof and there are food courts whre you can relax and by food and soft drinks. These large shopping complexes are an especial boon in the heat and humidity of the Gulf, so also take on a social aspect as well.
    City Centre, on of the Carrefour group of malls, and Landmark are the ones I used to frequent.

    What to buy: Clothes, electronics........ just about anything

    What to pay: It depends on how much you have

    City Centre Exterior Inside City Centre
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    al noof masterpieces and gifts: do you need a souvenir?

    by call_me_rhia Updated Jan 23, 2009

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    Would you like to buy some local souvenirs? Something that is actually unique to Qatar and (here's the catch) made in Qatar? The only place we found was in Souk Wakif, in a little shop called Al noof. Our friends who live in Doha took us there - not only for the souvenirs, but to see the three dimensional plastic model of how the city looked in the past.

    What to buy: You can buy small and large locally-made three dimensional plastic models, like the one in the photo. They mostly represent traditional buildings or city landmarks and are quite nice. They also cost very little.

    What to pay: The smallest ones start at 30 rials.

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    villagio shopping mall: venice in qatar?

    by call_me_rhia Updated Jan 23, 2009

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    Villagio Shopping Mall is quite an iteresting sight, even if you don't like shopping - 220 stores are anyway too much to take in - in one go. Actually I would not even recommend it to go there to shop, but just to see a great example of Middle Eastern kitsch (which I adore).

    When i visited it in January 2009 it was not yet completely finished, but most shops were open. Not that i cared too much. So what's it like inside? It is designed to feel like an Italian town in architecture - and look up at the ceilings and see how, painted blue, they look like a sky. Different areas of the mall have different shades of blue - the area where the sky is dark (near dusk) has street-lamps all over, and they are designed too look as if they are lit.

    Do you need more Italy? Find the canal that runs through the centre, complete with gondolas that you can ride. The "gondoliere" is just there to manouevre the gondola, he's not rowing... gondolas here are operated mechanically. Fed up with Italy? Go and have fun in the ice-skating rink by the food court.

    What to buy: Don't buy anything... go there to sightsee.

    the mall outside gondolas inside

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    Villagio Qatar - Venice in the desert: Shopping Mall

    by akkuami Updated Nov 10, 2008

    Contemporary and trend setter shopping mall in Doha - and apparently it will be the largest. It is hosting a Carrefoure Supermarket and loads of other stores. It has an Italian theme with a super cool fake sky inside so it always looks like dusk in Tuscany! Some really nice eateries....very different from existing malls in doha. It’s funny how you feel like you are walking in the streets under a beautiful sky when you are walking in the mall. The whole interior is very pretty, very romantic. Add to that, the indoor gondola ride which, for fifteen riyals will give you a ride up and down it. As you glide along the canal, you could easily forget that you are in the middle of a desert country. And just to mention it is a copycat of the gondola ride at the Venetian in Las Vegas. I'm sure this would attract a lot of mall-goers. Well, I would like to take that ride once.

    What to buy: yeah!! Shops - it is after all a shopping Mall. Virgin Megastore is my favourite - not least because it has the best collection of books in Doha. However, clothes fans will not be disappointed - there is a huge range of stores here, from Western chains to small boutiques. There's even Qatar's one and only Boots store here. If I recall it correctly following would be the latest brands to the mall cold stone ice cream, banana republic, H&M, GAP store are and few more big names.

    Updated News -
    state owned QATAR Telecom (Qtel) recently opened its new branch at Villagio Mall, under the slogan of “Qtel Revolution.

    What to pay: Depends.

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    City Centre: All in one for the family

    by divecat1978 Written Aug 9, 2008

    This is the place I used to get my grocery in Carrefour, perfume in BodyShops, candles and frames in Home Centre, baby stuff in Mother Care etc. I also enjoy my cup of tea and coffee in Starbuck or Coffee Bean.

    If you are planning to have Chinese cruisine in buffet style, ther is a restaurant inside to get all these great food.

    Like ice-skating? There is one in it too. You can enjoy it during the summer.

    Entrance to City Centre Ice skating arena Home Centre
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    Al-Shaheen: Cheaper price for household item

    by divecat1978 Written Mar 25, 2008

    Get cheaper price for household items, gifts, electronics, toys and local perfumes. There are many beautiful tea sets, jewellery box, perfume bottles, local craft that you should have a look and buy. Never miss that everytime I come here.

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    any in native market: bedouin cushions

    by uglyscot Updated Apr 9, 2007

    It is one of many in the market where local items can be found.

    What to buy: Having seen examples of Bedouin woven materials, I felt the bright ethnic cushions whether normal pillow like shape, or the hassock-like rectangular ones would make a nice gift to myself. As it was my birthday my daughter treated me to a couple of each, and the shop owner added some reject material which I later hemmed to make a small table cloth.
    The bright red, white and black colours [with a dab of green] van be found in most folk work, as I have seen similar in other Middle East countries as well as from Romania and Bulgaria. The Bedouin cloth is woven wool.

    What to pay: Not an extortionate sum.
    In fact I didn't buy the items, my daughter did as a gift for me.

    a Bedouin cushion rectangular cushion
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