Shopping festival at 13 malls begins tomorrow

 06 Jan 2018 - 0:54

Shopping festival at 13 malls begins tomorrow

By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula

DOHA: Shop Qatar 2018, a festival dedicated to showcasing the country’s vibrant retail sector, is all set to launch tomorrow at 13 malls with an Arabian-themed week filled with entertainment, promotions, and exciting activities.

A stunning fireworks display near Al Hazm Mall tomorrow at 8.20pm will mark the beginning of the biggest shopping festival in Qatar. With the theme ‘Brand New Tradition’, Shop Qatar returns for its second edition offering 31 days of discounts and promotions as well as pop up stores, workshops, masterclasses, fashion shows and concerts. Participating malls include Al Khor Mall, City Centre Doha, Doha Festival City, Gulf Mall, Hyatt Plaza Mall, Lagoona Mall, Landmark Mall, Mall of Qatar, Tawar Mall, The Gate Mall, Villaggio Mall, Ezdan Mall and Dar Al Salam Mall.

Big discounts and promotions and up to QR4m cash and car prizes are in store for shoppers at various outlets of the participating malls. For every QR200 purchase shoppers will get a voucher for a chance to win attractive prizes during the weekly raffle draws, the first of which will be held on Thursday at Mall of Qatar and will give away 13 cash prizes worth QR500,000, one BMW 730 Li and one BMW 530i.

This year’s shopping festival has been divided into distinctly themed weeks including Arabian Week (January 7 to 13), Bollywood Week (January 14 to 20) and International Weeks (January 21 to February 7).

Pop up workshops this week comprise Moroccan ceramic painting, Syrian wooden mosaics, decorative wooden dhows and Syrian hand painted pottery. These free workshops which will be alternating in participating malls will highlight live demonstrations and product sale. A highlight of this week is an Arabian fashion show to be staged at Mondrian Doha featuring breathtaking creations on the runway by top designers from the Middle East.

Arabic music sensations Yara and Joseph Attieh will serenade their fans on Friday, 8pm at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. Attieh is a multi-award-winning singer who was the first Lebanese artist to win the TV show Star academy, while Yara is a well-known Lebanese singer in the Arab world who shot to fame after winning the music competition Kass el-Nojoum in 1998.

Concert tickets are priced QR95 (Regular), QR145 (Premium) and QR245 (VIP). Renowned celebrity makeup artist Hanan Al Najada will be holding a certified course and tutorial on Saturday, 4pm at Ritz Carlton Doha.

Local businesses including SME’s supported and incubated by Qatar Development Bank will be offering their products at 30 pop up shops located in Mall of Qatar.

In addition, participating retail partners will also host exclusive in-mall entertainment and roaming mall shows to bring fun for the whole family.

The festival also features outdoor activities at the ongoing Souq Waqif Spring Festival which has over 60 attractions and activities including over 30 amusement rides and games, live entertainment and more than 20 food stalls.