Huge stocks of decorative items for the year-end festive celebrations are available in Qatar's major hypermarkets and department stores, it is found. Visits to some of these retail outlets over the past few days show that customers can choose from a wide of range of products and also avail of special offers at some stores, as they prepare for the festivities.
"The variety is good and large quantities are available at some of the bigger stores," said a source familiar with the retail sector. "Customers have a lot to choose from."
For instance, shelves at a leading hypermarket were filled with various decorative and fancy items, a majority of which were made in China.
"The past 7-10 days have been really good as people of different nationalities have thronged the place to make their festive purchases," said a sales employee, adding that the hypermarket was hoping to receive even more customers over the next few days.
While some of the smaller goods are priced as low as QR2, some of the bigger items cost well over QR150, especially festive trees, it was found.
The prices of such trees further increases depending on the quality, costing well over QR250 in some places.
Different types of decorative lights are also being sold.
"We are looking for good-quality decorative materials at reasonable rates. There is a lot to choose from this year and we are sure to bag a great deal somewhere," said a Doha-resident, who was looking for festive items along with his family members.
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